Times have changed' - How the national media reported on ...
It has not been the start to the Premier League that Arsenal would have hoped for in the summer.
Manager Unai Emery is finding himself under increased scrutiny with every game with the latest being the tipping point for some fans wanting a change at the Emirates Stadium over the international break.
Arsenal lost 2-0 to Leicester City to increase the gap between the clubs to nine points and leave Arsenal trailing behind in the race for Champions League football next season.
A customary goal from Jamie Vardy followed by a strike from James Maddison gave Leicester the three points and meant that Arsenal fell to their third defeat of the season.Read More Related Articles
Speculation over Emery's future was rife following the result, but it seems that the Arsenal boss will have the opportunity to turn things around after the international break.
Frustration around the Emirates Stadium is at an all time high, but what did the national media make of the game and result against Leicester?
Here is the pick of what they had to say:The Telegraph
"It said plenty about the current state of these two teams that one of the biggest surprises on another invigorating night for Leicester City was that it took nearly 70 minutes for them to find a way past this Arsenal defence. Times have changed in the Premier League and there was no better example of these sides’ respective paths than the way Leicester dominated an Arsenal team which came here with the primary objective of keeping their opponents at bay.
There were moments when it looked as if Unai Emery’s side, all nerves and defensive hiccups in recent weeks, might have rediscovered some of their long-lost solidity. Calum Chambers was flying into tackles, David Luiz was marshalling a three-man defence.
They should have known, though, that Jamie Vardy would have his say. He always has his say against Arsenal, the team that once tried to secure his services. Emery’s side are ripe for terrorising right now and there is no one more adept at exposing their weaknesses than Vardy, whose goal was his ninth in his nine league starts against Arsenal..."
"...In terms of the performance itself, there were genuine moments of promise for Arsenal. They were certainly better organised than in recent weeks, with Emery saying the players had largely followed the “game plan” he had devised for them. That game plan, which often featured a five-man defence, was more reactive than proactive, though, and the defensive approach felt like an admission that Leicester are simply a better side."The Guardian
"Arsenaltook the field with a flat back five in an attempt to neutralise Leicester’s variety of attacking options, a tacit admission of insecurity that set the tone for the early part of the game.
Leicester spent the first quarter trying to work out a way to enter the Arsenal area, and though the visiting defence held tight they had a couple of scares due to David Luiz giving the ball away in his own half..."
"...The Leicester breakthrough came midway through the second half, when a subtle flick from Barnes found Tielemans in front of goal and he had the presence of mind to simply move the ball on to his left to an unmarked Vardy. Leicester’s leading scorer does not miss chances like that and Vardy duly stuck the ball beyond Bernd Leno, before turning provider seven minutes later after the impressive Pereira had made ground through the middle. The full-back’s accurate diagonal pass found Vardy, who turned the ball back for Maddison to beat Leno a second time with a shot through Bellerín’s legs.
Once ahead, Leicester played out the remainder of the game with that brisk passing and pressing game they do so well, while Arsenal capitulated in the way they do so often. It must have made miserable viewing for Emery, especially with the crowd alternating between chants of “Ole” for the passing and “You’re getting sacked in the morning” for the Arsenal manager."The Daily Mail
"Time was when Arsenal would come here with swagger and composure, ready to collect the points. Nowadays they play a back five, pack the defence and hope to hit them on the counter..."
"...Leicester are simply an excellent team, well-constructed, finely balanced and beautifully coached: none of the above applies to Arsenal.Read More Related Articles
They weren't terrible. In parts they were good. But they remain a shadow of the club they once were. They have fallen well behind the likes of Leicester and will do well to make up that gap this season. They are scuffling with Sheffield United, Bournemouth around and about the top six, which is better than their old foes Manchester United but still not quite what they had in mind when they launched their brave new world after Arsene Wenger.
Unai Emery looked out of his hooded jacket here on Saturday night, eyes darting around like an animal hunted as the freezing rain fell persistently on him. In the stands sat a grim-faced Raul Sanllehi and Edu, the directors responsible for recommending change to the Kroenke family. They looked mightily unimpressed."
"...Just as Arsenal threatened to impose themselves, they immediately revealed their defensive frailties. They couldn't prevent Leicester simply playing around them on 68 minutes, Pereira feeding Barnes, whose flick played in Tielemans. He simply drilled the ball across goal where Vardy was waiting in space to score his eleventh goal of the season. It was a delightful move.
Arsenal folded pretty soon after, again at sixes and sevens as Leicester toyed with them. This time, on 72 minutes, Pereira touched the ball across the box to Vardy who played it back to Maddison. He shot straight through Bellerin's legs and past Leno from the edge of the area for 2-0. Vardy ran to him and the pair embraced as the King Power Stadium roared."BBC
"Eighteen months ago, former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis hailed the arrival of Emery as a coach who "plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly".
That description was certainly accurate about one of the teams on the pitch at King Power Stadium on Saturday, but it was not Emery's side..."
"...Arsenal certainly kept their shape better than in recent games but they still lacked conviction in their play, with misplaced passes from the back gifting Leicester chances on a couple of occasions.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an effort ruled out for offside but ultimately Arsenal did not show enough of an attacking threat as they finished the game with just a solitary shot on target.
This was their 50th league game under Emery and they have won 87 points, one fewer than they won in their final 50 games under Arsène Wenger."