Arteta criticises forwards in Arsenal loss to Leicester

Date published: Monday 26th October 2020 8:29

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta thinks his forwards should’ve “finished better” during their loss to Leicester City on Sunday evening.

Leicester secured a first away league win at Arsenal in 47 years as Jamie Vardy once again proved to be the scourge of the Gunners.

The Foxes travelled to the Emirates Stadium with a gameplan which they played out to perfection, soaking up plenty of Arsenal pressure before introducing fit-again Vardy from the bench to do the damage and secure a 1-0 win.

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Vardy had missed the last two games with a calf injury but was the match-winner here – scoring his 11th Premier League goal against Arsenal, with only Wayne Rooney able to boast more.

The Gunners started with Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka as a front three, with Arteta annoyed at his side’s finishing in a tight match.

“It’s very difficult to create chances against ten men behind the ball,” said Arteta. “In those spaces we saw what they did against Manchester City. I was expecting them to do it but we had open situations where we should have finished better.

“It comes down to two or three chances that you are going to have. When you have those moments you have to take them and not make mistakes at the back.”

Lacazette opened the scoring for Arsenal as early as the third minute, only for the goal to be chalked off for offside and Arteta has no idea how it wasn’t allowed to stand.

“I think the first half we had the game in our hands,” said Arteta. “We create enough chances to go in front. We score a goal that I don’t know how the hell it was disallowed.

“Second half it was a case of being patient and waiting for the right moment against a team that wanted to defend really deep, that didn’t have any shots on targets and were just waiting for a mistake to hit you on the break.

“The moment that we had a minimal mistake with no pressure on the ball trying to step in they caught us with the space in the back and we lost the game.”


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