Arsenal were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Leicester City on Saturday, with pressure now seriously mounting on Unai Emery.
The Spaniard attempted to shore things up at back at the King Power Stadium by adding in an extra central defender.
Rob Holding, David Luiz and Calum Chambers was his trio of choice, with Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin providing the width.
Unfortunately for the Gunners the switch up in formation did little for them, and they still looked uncomfortable against a fearless Leicester side.
By contrast, the Foxes’ defence was very assured on the night, with another underrated performance coming from Jonny Evans alongside Caglar Soyuncu.
Interestingly, Evans was strongly considered by former manager Arsene Wenger in January 2018 (Telegraph), but he ended up moving to Leicester from West Bromwich Albion the following summer.
Speaking about Evans in February, Wenger claimed (Metro): “He was not available at what we could afford.”
TBR’s view – Would Evans have improved Arsenal?
Dependable Evans hasn’t really gotten the proper recognition at Leciester since his transfer from the Baggies.
Last term he played alongside Harry Maguire who took a lot of the plaudits and this season people are looking at the impact made by Maguire’s replacement Soyuncu.
But the 31-year-old has been largely excellent since his £3.5 million transfer (BBC Sport), and is showing the calmness at the back that Arsenal have been really lacking.
The reality is the former Manchester United man has been significantly improving with age.
Perhaps he wasn’t, and still isn’t, the most glamorous name, but it would seem Arsenal did miss out on a real bargain.