Today’s game is...a lot. Arsenal haven’t come out and said anything about how Unai Emery’s fate depends on the result today, but it’s not hard to see a scenario where it does. If Arsenal lose, they’re nine points out of fourth place, about a third of the way through the season, which isn’t where they want or need to be.
It’s only a third of the way through the season, sure, but there’s no indication that the performances that got Arsenal where they are now will change any time soon, and that’s the worrying thing. Drop more points today, and the front office might actually have to accelerate their timeline of giving Emery this season to regain Arsenal’s Champions League status, because that will become, from a league perspective at least, a pipe dream.
Yes, there’s still the Europa League, but performances there haven’t been great either, so while it may sound hyperbolic to say Arsenal’s season rests on a game in early November, I can’t help but feel like it does. The club hierarchy may differ, but we’ll see what happens Saturday afternoon should things not go Arsenal’s way.
Isn’t optimism grand?
Arsenal at Leicester City
King Power Stadium, Leicester
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9.30AM PT/12.30PM ET/5.30 PM BT