Matthew Upson reacts as Arsenal lose to Leicester City

Matthew Upson has given his take on Arsenal’s defeat to Leicester City in the Premier League this evening, as quoted on BBC Sport.

Arsenal have suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Leicester at the Emirates Stadium in North London.

Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the match in the 80th minute when he headed home Cengiz Under’s pass.

Former Arsenal and Leicester centre-back Upson was following the match for BBC Sport, and he has given his verdict on the final result, suggesting that the introduction of Vardy on the hour mark proved to be the key factor.

Upson told BBC Sport (9:14pm, October 25, 2020): “Well, you have to say that potentially that was a tactical masterclass from Brendan Rodgers. We can criticise Leicester in the first half for how toothless and deep they were and Arsenal looked in control.

“Whether that was the plan to lure Arsenal out we don’t know but they’ve got that weapon of Jamie Vardy on the bench and it paid off. If that was the plan it was executed perfectly.

“Really, Leicester could’ve won 2-0 because they had another opportunity with Vardy. The way they did it and Rodgers introducing Vardy to the game at that point was perfect timing.”

Match Stats

Over the course of the 90 minutes at the Emirates Stadium this evening, hosts Arsenal had 57% of the possession, took 12 shots of which four were on target, and earned nine corners, according to BBC Sport.

Visitors Leicester had 43% of the possession, took six shots of which two were on target, and earned three corners, according to BBC Sport.

Premier League table

The result means that Arsenal are now 10th in the Premier League table with nine points from six matches.

As for Leicester, Brendan Rodgers’s side have moved up to fourth in the standings wit 12 points from six games.

Moving on

Arsenal will look to bounce back from the defeat to Leicester with victory over Dundalk at the Emirates Stadium in Europa League Group B on Thursday evening.

Mikel Arteta’s side will then face Manchester United away from home at Old Trafford in the Premier League next Sunday.

Leicester will look to pick up all three points from their trip to Greece in Europa League Group G to face AEK Athens on Thursday evening.

The former Premier League champions will then lock horns with Leeds United away from home at Elland Road in the league on November 2.