It sure has been a miserable last 48 hours for most gooners, trying hard to stomach the defeat suffered at that ground on Saturday. Taking the lead, and spurning it all with just five minutes to go was heart wrenching and suffering it at the hands of he who was “one of our own” would not have been particularly pleasing – posting his pictures from 2004 was a mere act of attempted consolation.
The real consolation is that we won’t have to wait for a whole week to see how the team responds to that defeat, with Leicester taking their miserable form to the Emirates on Tuesday night. As at the time of writing this, Nigel Pearson was still the manager of the King Power side and he will be on a mission to make an attempt to save a dwindling side who look the most natural candidates for relegation this season.
Which is quite surprising, given their start to the campaign upon promotion. Arsenal managed to take a draw from them in August, while they comfortably beat United a month later. It has gone right spirally downward for them ever since and the much vaunted Leonardo Uljoa doesn’t even start nowadays.
The reverse seems to be Arsenal’s case having managed some sort of upturn from the early season inconsistencies. Wenger’s team looks more upward than two defeats in 5 League games may want to suggest and it is only to be expected that they show that with the visit of the Foxes.
The Emirates has become something of an invincible home for the Gunners of late having won all seven games played since that undeserved defeat against United in November last year. The last three wins have seen 10 goals scored, none conceded and it will be strange to not see that run continue.
Wenger will be aware, though, that the Foxes last visit to North London saw them bag a win, coming back from a goal down to beat spurs in the FA Cup. They have shown some fearless adventure on some of their travels of late, notably giving Liverpool a huge scare at Anfield when they nearly took all three points having canceled a 2-goal half-time deficit. There is also the extra motivation on their part of not wanting to go down; they will give the Gunners a big fight surely.
Will the Gunners be lacking in confidence, or motivation? Hardly, and Le Prof knows the defeat at White Hart Lane has not spelt the end of his season pursuit of a place in the top four. The comparison to number of away games still to be played by spurs was indicative of some fear on his part, but you feel he has the permutations laid out on his desk on how Arsenal will eventually clinch that trophy again.
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