Unai Emery says he was happy with how Arsenal were implementing his game plan before the red card which saw Ainsley Maitland-Niles dismissed and reduced the Gunners to 10 men.
The Spaniard explained that the idea was to control the match with good defensive positioning, but by the time the right back was sent off, Leicester had had 8 attempts on goal while Arsenal had completed just 57 passes.
The timid approach unquestionably played a part in our 3-0 defeat, but rather oddly Emery appeared quite content that a club like Arsenal should go to a mid-table team and play like a newly promoted side facing the Champions – and even suggested we began the game well.
Speaking afterwards, the boss said, “Our game plan was to be strong today in our defensive moments and in our attacking moments to take our chances. Attacking their back four.
“We started very well. We started controlling the match, good positioning, defensively not a lot of problems.
“They were with the possession, but the idea at home above all us to control with the possession, but we were today good on the pitch.
“We wanted to grow up in the 90 minutes, to take our opportunity to win today. being competitive in 90 minutes and also being strong in our mentality.
“But the second yellow card is giving us a lot of problems to continue our game plan.
“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. 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.”