Danny Welbeck Has Changed The Course Of The Title Race
Broken and devastated by the end, Leicester City now need to regroup and remember what it is that has got them here in the first place.
Danny Welbeck's stoppage-time winner has changed the course of the title race and suddenly made Leicester's position at the top look vulnerable again, and how they react to such scrutiny will decide the course of this remarkable season.
N’Golo Kante Is Actually Triplets
How great was the French midfielder here?
We’ve known that he’s been one of the players of the season for a while, of course, but he saved his best performance of a remarkable campaign for this clash at the Emirates, where he was literally everywhere in the first half as he both put out fires in his own half and started them in Arsenal’s.
His interception which led to the penalty was particularly impressive, as was his fine curling effort which Petr Cech did well to keep out.
His is a name which should be discussed when the players of the year awards are handed out.
It Was A Penalty
Soft, yes. But penalty? Definitely.
Nacho Monreal was asking for trouble by dangling out a lazy leg as Jamie Vardy approached him, and although the forward made the most of the ‘challenge’ and would probably have been roundly criticised were he not starring in one of the Premier League’s greatest stories ever told, it was, by the letter of the law, a foul.
Monreal’s dangling leg just seemed to invite Vardy to do what he did, and if anything it was a further example of teams perhaps switching off when they face Leicester, who again made the most of an ‘elite’ team’s failings.
Questions Have To Be Asked Of Ozil & Sanchez
Where were Arsenal’s dynamic duo here? When the going got tough, they were nowhere to be seen.
Mesut Ozil, in particular, seemed to set up camp on the fringes of the game early on and stay there, and although credit should be given to Leicester for the way they defended against both him and Alexis Sanchez, the pair are supposed to be good enough to find a way around such rudimentary tactics.
Both have proved excellent on several occasions this season, but on the afternoon on which so much hung for the Gunners, they were desperately disappointing.
Oxlade-Chamberlain Needs To Leave In The Summer
Given a chance in one of Arsenal’s biggest games of the season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked completely off the pace and out of sync with the rest of his teammates.
Playing in his 100th Premier League for the Gunners, the Englishman once again failed to complete it, and now thankfully free of the injury problems which have dogged his career, he needs a move to a club where he can become a regular starter to unlock his massive potential.
He should leave in the summer.
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