Arsenal failed to gain all three points against Leicester City on Sunday after a 1-1 draw.
Even though some might say coming up with a point at Leicester City isn’t all that bad, but it is bad when Arsenal are trying to claim their first Premier League Title since 2004.
They need to be winning games against teams at the bottom half of the table while gaining at least a point against title rivals and top-tier teams. If they can only muster a point at Leicester City, then it’ll be a long season headed their way when they go away to other rival teams.
Arsenal was able to get the lead first when Alexis Sanchez pounced on the loose ball inside the box and scored in the 20th minute. Even though they scored, there was a huge missed opportunity for Yaya Sanogo when the initial pass was to him, but was not able to convert it. Sanogo’s failure to be clinical in front of the net prompts Arsene Wenger to buy a player of high caliber who is going to be clinical when given that one chance. Sanogo has yet to prove that he’s a proven starter, even during emergency times, and needs to be placed on the bench as a substitute.
Leicester City responded quickly and was able to break down the Arsenal defense and score immediately in the 22nd minute by Leonardo Ulloa.
Not only did Arsenal concede the equalizer right away, but Laurent Koscielny picked up a knock afterwards and had to be substituted right away. And losing Koscielny is huge because Chambers has shown once again his inexperience in the Premier League as a center back.
There were many instances when Leicester City was on the counter attack and Chambers opted to make an aggressive tackle in open field instead of tracking the opponent and wait for the midfield to collapse.
This type of play will cost Arsenal crucial points and goals against better teams, and should be grateful that Leicester City did not punish them for those costly mistakes.
This type of game is where Arsenal should be getting all three points, and these are the types of games that’ll cost them at the end of the year. Although it is very early in the season with three games thus far, there are serious questions about the team selection and tactics for the Arsenal team. Mesut Ozil’s lackluster performance is carrying over even after the World Cup and Wenger needs to be assertive and drop the player when he isn’t producing.
Yes, they have done reasonably well in the transfer market, but the players Wenger bought haven’t showed up except for Sanchez.
They have the international break to fix some of the problems, but they better fix them quick as their next opponent, Manchester City, will punish Arsenal if they are not prepared properly.