Arsenal’s turmoil continues, and after two home draws against Crystal Palace and Wolves, they now have a daunting trip away to in-form Leicester City next weekend. Everyone seems to be assuming that this could be Emery’s last-chance saloon as a defeat could see us drop further even away from the Top Four positions.
Leicester won away at Crystal Palace last night (a team we couldn’t beat at home), which makes it four straight wins in a row in the League, after losing narrowly to Liverpool. In the process they have scored 15 goals and only conceded 3, and it has shot them up to 3rd in the table, so now both they and Chelsea are 6 points clear of the Gunners.
If the Foxes beat us on Saturday, and Chelsea beat Palace at home, we will already be 9 points behind the Top Four, and even worse, Sheffield United, Bournemouth and Brighton will all have the chance to leapfrog us in the table.
And who would bet on Arsenal to suddenly get a win at the King Power Stadium, knowing we are winless in our last 4 away games. Not even our own Ian Wright fancies our chances, after Jamie Vardy scored yet again last night to put him top of the Golden Boot stakes with 10 goals in the 11 League games played so far. “Vardy’s record against the top four as well, so this Leicester team can be looking forward to playing in games like this because they know they can win them,” Wright said in the Leicester Mercury. “They’ll be giving the top boys a real chasing as well because they’ve got so much quality.”
As you can see, it is very difficult to have any confidence in our chances, although the one crumb of comfort we can hold on to is that when Leicester City won the EPL a few years ago, Arsenal beat them home and away…