Leicester City 3 Arsenal 0
Tielemans 59 Vardy 86, 95

Arsenal slipped too their third consecutive Premier League loss with an abject performance at Leicester. Unai Emery’s side just couldn’t get going and when Ainsley Maitland-Niles was shown a second yellow card on 36 minutes with the scores at 0-0, the visiting side’s task got all the tougher. The Foxes were up for the fight and for a side who had played four times in April they fizzed and fought. Arsenal by contrast had played double that amount of games in the month, and it definitely showed. Youri Tielemans headed in the opener from James Maddison’s cross on the hour mark, and a re-organised Gunners back line seemed to be faring relatively well, given that Shkodran Mustafi was now at right back, with Alex Iwobi being sacrificed for Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal looked jaded, out of sorts, and out of on the road form, but did they have Thursday’s Europa League semi-final home first leg against Valencia on their minds? They surely should have taken care of business here, but in truth, not even Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette paired to start at the King Power stadium were able to make any inroads. A long Kasper Schmeichel punt out to Jamie Vardy and a rebound off the bar from his earlier effort doubled the Leicester lead, with Vardy then tapping in late on from close range to ensure a second Midlands’ away day horror show leaving Arsenal almost gasping for the final throws of the season.

Emery accepted that finishing on the top four is now very difficult, and reflected on the key moment which changed his side’s fortunes.

“The second yellow card gave us a lot of problems to continue with our gameplan with more efficiency. Continuing our idea with one player less was going to be difficult. It changed a lot, this red card.

“The players worked very well and I’m proud of them. With one player less, we continued our gameplan, trying to be together, defensively strong, and in the attacking moments to take our moments. The first goal has conditioned the result. When we were better on the pitch with one player less, they had a counter-attack and scored the second one and finished the match.”

Mesut Ozil didn’t travel to the east Midlands after feeling the effects of a foot injury,  and given Aaron Ramsey’s continued injury enforced absence, Henrikh Mkhitaryan was given the nod alongside Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka. But it was Maddison who looked lively, and given his first start under Brendan Rogers, in Hamza Choudhury we saw the type of player that Arsenal need. A soft early yellow card to Maitland-Niles would set the negative tone to the young defender’s sorry afternoon.

Iwobi had a chance after an exchange of passes with Aubameyang, but it was at the other end where Bernd Leno made a succession of saves to keep the score down. There appear to be some serious away day issues in Emery’s side and there appear to be no easy fixes. If anything there seems to be an almost acceptance that Arsenal will get rolled over on the road and that is a worry accepted Koscielny.

“The away form is not good at this moment. We won away at Napoli and it was a difficult game because it’s a very tough atmosphere, but when the confidence is a little bit down then it’s tough to come back. We need to stay together every day to give more for the team. We need to give five more per cent every day to get this confidence and come back at our top level. We have the quality and we’ve shown that this season, but now we have five games in front of us and every one is so important for our future. We need to fight,” said the Arsenal captain.

Arsenal next host Valencia on Thursday where a response would be very welcomed, and is well overdue.