Leicester City’s 1-0 success at Arsenal on Sunday was an anomaly in every sense of the word. The Foxes’ win in North London was their first victory on the road over the Gunners in 27 games in all competitions dating back to 1973. While Leicester’s first success in 47 years at the home of the historic club felt like a deviation from the expected, Jamie Vardy netting the game’s only goal was par for the course. Indeed, the Englishman’s headed strike with 11 minutes to play was his 11th in 12 appearances against the London side.
As for Arsenal, it was disappointing, especially the second half, their first home loss under Arteta since Chelsea got the better of them 2-1 in December 2019. Captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Premier League goal drought now stands at five matches, his longest run since scoring a league goal for the club. Provided that spectators pay little to no attention to the Europa League, at least Sunday night was the ideal time to see the West African on their screens in the contest’s infancy.
In all, Arsenal, who had one attempt after half-time, could not have struggled as badly as they did after Luiz ‘s replacement, and if they are to be beneficiaries of his undoubted qualities, the Gunners have to include the West African in their build-up going forward.