Club legend Martin Keown believes we could see end to end stuff when we play host to league leaders Leicester this weekend, although he highlighted the importance the first goal could play in the outcome, as reported by BBC.
We trounced the Foxes 5-2 in the reverse fixture, and back then handed them their first loss of the season. They’ve since lost just one more game, and arguably look an even better side.
They dismantled the previous title favourites Manchester City 3-1 last weekend, and really cemented their own place as title contenders. A win over us would give them a truly commanding lead atop the table, and could be absolutely disastrous for our own title aspirations.
Keown doesn’t think we’ll see a game quite as action packed as the 5-2 at the King Power Stadium, but is confident both teams will be going all out to get the win.
“I don’t know if next Sunday will be as free-flowing as that 5-2 game [earlier in the season], which was an absolutely cracking match because Leicester were so open and Arsenal were not going to back down,” he said.
“Leicester showed against Manchester City that they have now got the balance right between defence and attack and they protect themselves so much better.
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“But if Arsenal score first, then I think it might be another end-to-end game because Leicester will not sit back.
“In that scenario, the Gunners will have to demonstrate that they can defend better than they have done so far this season because, again, I think it is a game that they have to win.”
Apart from the odd game here and there, defence hasn’t really been our issue this season. We just need to be a little more consistent with our performances, and make sure we don’t let complacency get the better of us.
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We’ve clearly been underestimating some of our opponents this season, and it’s something we need to avoid. We know the threat Leicester pose, and with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez at their disposal they can score at any time. We’ll need our own forwards to be at their best too obviously, but our defence is likely to be a deciding factor.