Arsenal 0-1 Leicester City
- Goal: Jamie Vardy (10,0 M £)
- Help: Cengiz under (£ 5.9million)
- Prime: Kasper Schmeichel (5,5 M £) x3, Vardy x2, Christian Fuchs (4,5 M £) x1
A rather turgid affair in the Emirates was settled by a Jamie Vardy (£ 10.0million), a goal that lifted Leicester City to No. 1 in the Premier League.
With Brendan Rodgers initially set up in a striker-less back-wing system and Arsenal battling for invention in the final third, the game seemed to meander to an inevitable 0-0 before Vardy’s intervention.
Mimicking the tactics that led to the success of the Etihad in Gameweek 3, Rodgers was asked about his ‘master plan’ after the game:
I don’t know the master plan, but it was the plan. It was the idea of denying space and keeping our lines tight, and then obviously playing through the pressure, so yeah, that worked out really well for us.
I thought we started the game well, the first five or ten minutes. We had good ball possession and of course when you come back to play against a top team you’re going to have to deal with the pressure.
Then in the second half our lines were even tighter, we were in a better starting position for our pressure, then we enjoyed the ball a lot more and always looked like a threat.
CASE FOR DEFENSE (ARSENAL)
It seems incongruous to start this piece by conjuring up a backline that succumbed to defeat on Sunday and has not had a clean sheet since Gameweek 1 but, such is the football brand currently served by Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, their Fantasy defensive assets are arguably more attractive than the more advanced ones right now.
Despite facing Manchester City and Liverpool away from home, a West Ham United side that scores for fun and now fourth at Leicester, the Gunners have only scored seven goals this season – only Aston Villa, who have played one game less, conceded with fewer chances.
Brighton are the only Premier League side at the time of writing to have allowed fewer shots into the box per game this season, meanwhile.
Shaped Thomas Partey (£ 5.0million), Arsenal are now also hoping to own a top-notch midfielder who can add extra protection to their bottom line.
While Rodgers will argue his tactics worked perfectly on Sunday, the Foxes had not had a single shot within 25 yards of goal before Vardy’s opening game in the 79th minute.
Arteta said of his squad’s post-match display:
I was really happy with the first half, the way we put pressure, the aggressiveness we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you. We were very effective against that, we were on top of the game, we limited them to nothing, we had the right opportunities to attack a good space and create opportunities.
A ball game injury David Luiz (£ 5.5million) disrupted the Gunners on both ends of the pitch, but Arteta was unsure how serious the problem was, saying:
I do not know. We lost a few players last week. David had a muscle problem and he couldn’t continue – we’ll have to assess him within the next 48 hours.
Arsenal matches are mixed at best over the coming month, but they top our Gameweeks 12-20 season ticker and their defenders, most of whom in the Premium Membership Analysis section, are names to look for. monitor from this point on.
Wesley Fofana (£ 5.0million), by the way, was excellent for visitors, as it was last week.
ALL RIGHT AUBA
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (£ 11.7million) was finally moved from the left flank on Sunday – and swung to the right.
Arteta’s aversion to playing the Gabonese international at center continues and the premium FPL midfielder again had few sights, with his precocious, off-target header from a Kieran Tierney (£ 5.4million) center being the only time he has touched the ball in Leicester’s box.
Aubameyang has now shut out four Gameweeks in a row, the first time this has happened since moving to the Premier League.
The recalled Alexandre lacazette (£ 8.4million) had the best chance again, seeing an early header ruled out for offside before moving his lines from another delivery from Tierney close to goal.
With few goals from the central midfielder and rotation is a big possibility (other than Aubameyang) further forward, Arsenal’s attack looks unattractive at the moment – especially if games remain uncertain.
Returning from a brief layoff with a calf problem, Vardy emerged for the last half hour of yesterday’s game and continued his strong run against the Gunners: it was his 11th goal in 12 games with the red half from north London.
The veteran striker nodded Cengiz sous(£ 5.9million) after a superb defensive pass from Youri Tielemans (£ 6.4million) had freed the Turkish winger from Arsenal’s defense.
Vardy was then denied a second goal when Bernd Leno (£ 5.0million) saved his individual effort in downtime.
All six of the striker’s goals have arrived on the road this season (four on the pitch, of course) and it is Leeds who are next for the Foxes, who have looked more comfortable during the Manchester break. City and Arsenal than on them. the front foot in their last two outings at King Power Stadium.
Vardy said of his return:
The manager and I spoke yesterday and it was still the plan because I just got back from a little problem. You don’t want to be immersed directly, it’s about finding yourself there.
It was probably going to be the last 20 minutes or half an hour and that’s what happened, and luckily I came and made an impact and we can take three points home.
Harvey Barnes (£ 7.0million) had started the game as an ‘out of position’ center forward in Rodgers’ scorer’s setup, getting little joy from Arsenal’s back line before his 74th minute withdrawal .
Explaining his decision to omit Kelechi Iheanacho (£ 5.7million), Rodgers says:
Iheanacho can hold the ball, but I didn’t think we needed it, so Harvey was there to stretch the game. The idea was always to bring Jamie. Him and Cengo [Under] came and Marc [Albrighton] also made a valuable contribution.
Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Leno; Bellerin, Luiz (Mustafi 49 ′), Gabriel, Tierney; Ceballos, Xhaka, Partey; Saka (Pepe 65 ′), Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Leicester City XI (3-4-3): Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Fuchs; Castagne, Tielemans, Mendy, Justin; Praet (Vardy 59 ′), Barnes (Under 74 ′), Maddison (Albrighton 81 ′).
LESSONS LEARNED FROM FPL GAMEWEEK 6
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