Is there a worse place to watch football than the Emirates? It’s never full, the atmosphere is nonexistent and the play is boring. Add on top of that the constant moaning of both the players like Alexis Sanchez (and I felt this before the throw in) and the fans (until they score and then Arsenal are the greatest again.
There could be no greater comedown from the passion and theatrics of the Champions League than this loss. Of course, if it felt like Arsenal were the opposite of a Champions League quarterfinal, that’s probably because they’re exactly that. Just ask Bayern.
Kasper Schmeichel - 7
The deflection gave him no chance to make a save for the goal, but he did a make a few good ones when given the opportunity.
Danny Simpson - 7
Had a very solid game in the Foxes’ plan to defend really really deep. Not much came from his side.
Yohan Benalouane - 5
Not sure if it was the plan or his natural aggression, but he seemed to rush out the line to Sanchez every time he touched the ball and it worked very well. Hard to condone him raking his studs down another player’s back though. You’ve got to rein that in.
It was a dark orange - Wenger thought it deserved more than a yellow. And you know he’s not one to complain much
Robert Huth - 7
You can’t blame him for that goal, that was a very unfortunate deflection. He kept them quiet most of the night.
Christian Fuchs - 8
A solid defensive performance, several good long throws and one great short one. Enjoy ;)
Riyad Mahrez - 7
Hard to rate here; the first half was a comfortable 8, but the second half wasn’t as good, and it’s easy to think last year’s Mahrez would have taken one of those chances.
Wilfred Ndidi - 6
His solid effort, tackling and aerial presence are becoming easy to take for granted, but I thought he struggled to read the game whenever the Gunners’ passing became intricate.
Danny Drinkwater - 7
The most tackles on the pitch and the most touches in blue, it’s what we expect from him these days, but it’s still a good performance.
I don’t think we were at our best tonight but I felt that we had done enough to deserve more than what we got out of the game, especially the way we conceded the goal. It’s unfortunate - a frustrated Drinky
Marc Albrighton - 6
Struggled for anything creatively, not even putting in his usual crosses, which is shame when we actually played a target man.
Leo Ulloa - 6
The amount of touches he gets compared to our other, more athletic, strikers is impressive. It was more than double this time. Unfortunately, not even one of them was in the opposition box.
Jamie Vardy - 6
Made some impact from out wide, but also got very little ball in the box and only found the side netting when he did.
Shinji Okazaki - 7
Looked very bright when he came on, including in front of goal where he’s struggled lately. Managed as many shots in 20 minutes as Vardy and Ulloa in their 160.
Demarai Gray - inc.
Came on with no time left and didn’t touch the ball.
All in all, this much delayed game was not at all worth the wait. I’m going to make Christian Fuchs my Man of the Match, for creating the only moment of interest.