Arteta rues Arsenal's wasted chances in loss to Leicester City

Ruben Hill
October 29, 2020

There was a decision which left Mikel Arteta bemused, as an early Alexandre Lacazette goal was chalked off because of Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal lost 1-0 to Leicester City last night at The Emirates, failing to create many chances of note in the second half following an encouraging opening 45 minutes. "We were effective with that and restricted them to nothing", Arteta said.

"To be fair I was really pleased with the first half, the way we pressed, the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you. But credit to them for what they have done but I think it is a very harsh result for us considering what happened in the game".

"We were at the top of the game, we didn't limit it to anything".

"He did great, he worked for the team really hard and then he was in a good place at a good moment, so he scored that goal and we won 1-0".

Admitting that the lack of a clinical edge was a problem, Arteta will also have to deal with several injury problems ahead of Sunday's league trip to Manchester United after defender David Luiz was forced off with a muscle strain. We've lost a few players in the last week or so.

Youri Tielemans hailed Leicester's first win at Arsenal in nearly half a century as a "very important" result on the back of two Premier League defeats.

Vardy had missed Leicester's previous two games with a calf injury.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has suffered a sharp dip in form - the Gabon forward is without a goal in his last five league games, his worst drought since 2014 - and the captain has scored just once in the league this season, despite signing a lucrative new contract last month.

Rodgers revealed after the game that he had always planned to give Vardy the final 30 minutes and had set up his team so that the 33-year-old could do the damage.

"The idea was always to win Jamie". "The plan was always to make sure we're in the game, then put him (Vardy) on for half an hour".

Hector Bellerin - who was arguably lucky to be on the pitch after a robust challenge on James Justin could have seen the full-back pick up a second booking - came closest to beating Kasper Schmeichel but was denied by the Denmark goalkeeper.

"You start to force some passes that you shouldn't do against these blocks but still they didn't have any threat".

"He did it when he could have taken it himself and Jamie is there to finish the game - a brilliant target to win the game".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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