Arteta denounces key tactical call that was Arsenal’s downfall to Leicester


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that a key 0-0 tactical decision saw Leicester score their game-winning goal on Sunday.

Jamie Vardy scored once again against the Gunners to seal the Foxes’ first league victory in the Emirates in 47 years.

The diving header for the second half came after Alexandre Lacazette had his own header ruled out for offside.

That initial incident happened in the first half, 45 minutes in which the Gunners had their own chances. But Arteta admitted his decision to “attack” space in the second half was the downfall of his team.

“To be honest, I was really happy with the first half. The way we exerted pressure and the aggression we showed ”, spanish said (via

“We’ve been efficient with that and we’ve limited them to nothing. We scored the goal from a set piece and I don’t know how it was disallowed.

“We had to be patient and not make a mistake, we made the decision when there is no pressure on the ball to try to attack that space and they scored a good goal.

“We didn’t manage to have enough continuity in our game, we didn’t put the ball as often as possible in the box. It’s a very hard result for us considering what happened in the game.

LacazetteThe goal was ruled out after Granit Xhaka was put on trial for hindering Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as the header shot through the box.

Arteta admitted he felt frustrated with the decision to cancel the goal, which had a “massive” impact.

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‘We can’t change it now’

“Granit is behind Schemichel so it has nothing to do with him. They made the decision and we cannot change it now, ”said the director.

“We can have our point of view, but we have the specialists who made the call and that obviously had a huge impact on the game.

“We are two teams where the marginals are minimal but we still should not have lost the match.”

Arsenal are back in action on Thursday when they face Dunkalk in the Europa League.


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