Since the 2001-2002 season, when the Premier League was first granted 4 Champions League places for the first time, the number 4 and 5 teams in the league have never been more than 3 points after 11 rounds.
Now, the fifth Arsenal team has lost to the top 4 by 6 points after 11 rounds, and they have to meet the third team Leicester in the 12th round. Leicester are on the same page as Chelsea – the team is preparing to take on the trivial opponent Crystal Palace in round 12.
If Leicester beat Arsenal in this round, the gap between the top 4 and the next teams will be widened to unprecedented levels. In other words, it is considered that the Premier League has formed only after a third of the journey, with Liverpool and Man City vying for the title of the championship while Leicester and Chelsea just protect the gap with the rest of the tournament to Get tickets to the Champions League. For Leicester and Chelsea (this season alone), it was too successful, simply because they have no goals and can not dispute the high throne.
Of course, there are also Sheffield, Bournemouth, Brighton and Palace who are only 1-2 points behind Arsenal after 11 rounds. That means if Chelsea and Leicester “cut off” Arsenal, one of the four teams mentioned will rise to number one again. 5 and become the “dark horse”. Anyway, let’s just look at the facts: those teams don’t have the strength to make a deal. Only M.U and Tottenham are on the same level as Arsenal, but these teams are failing miserably, being top 4 by far to 10 points.
In short, while waiting to see the great battle between the top two teams Liverpool – Man City, the encounter between Leicester and Arsenal in this round is equally exciting. Sometimes Leicester’s game is more important because it can shape the top 4.
Maybe the Leicester phenomenon is just a form (they are flying, but the performance is only temporary). But the problem is that Arsenal is too disappointed. Unai Emery was replaced by Arsene Wenger, ultimately only to witness an Arsenal in Emery’s hands worse than Arsenal in the worst Wenger failures.
In defense, Arsenal suffered an average of 16.3 shots per game. This number has never exceeded 13, in the current decade. In attack, Arsenal currently have an average of only 1.8 chances per game, which is the lowest since the 2011-12 season. In terms of play, Arsenal passed the average ball under 500 times, also the lowest in a decade. In Wenger’s last season, Arsenal passed an average of more than 600 times per game.