Manager Brendan Rodgers took aim at VAR after admitting that Arsenal were the better side in beating Leicester City on Sunday.

The Foxes arrived at the Emirates seeking a third consecutive top-flight victory. But they left north London on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. Thomas Partey gave the Gunners an 11th-minute lead before Alexandre Lacazette slotted home from the penalty spot just before the hour mark.

Aaron Ramsdale twice saved well from Harvey Barnes but Mikel Arteta’s men were worthy winners. The result means the East Midlanders are now 12th in the Premier League table.

Arsenal have moved back into the top four. Rodgers was left frustrated that his charges did not get anything from the game.

But he conceded that Arsenal deserved to take all three points.

“We didn’t give away too much in open play and we are obviously disappointed with the first goal, coming from a corner,” he told BBC Sport. “We had started quite well. A little impatient but were comfortable with the ball. They got the goal which was disappointing.

Caglar Soyuncu after Leicester City concede

“Their keeper made a great save but at half time we were still in the game. They deserved to win the game, they took their two chances.”

Rodgers irked by penalty call

After back-to-back fifth-place finishes, Leicester seem destined to end up down with the also-rans in 2021-2022. They have struggled with injuries.

Jamie Vardy was again absent and leaves a huge void in the starting XI. The King Power outfit needed luck to be on their side.

But Rodgers felt that, once again, the video assistant made a poor decision when Caglar Soyuncu was penalised for handball.

“I am disappointed in the penalty,” he added. “That there was disappointing, I don’t know what else he could do. He was moving but it touched his hand and it was accidental.”

Leicester still have a chance of silverware this term. They dropped out of the Europa League after finishing a disappointing third in their group.

But they are still very much alive in the Europa Conference League. The Foxes will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their last-16 clash with Rennes next Thursday.

Rodgers would love to win the competition but made it clear that they will not lose focus in the league.

“It would be great. We are not choosy over trophies as we only have the one we can play for,” he continued. “It is a real focus for us but not to take anything away from the Premier League as we want to finish as high as we can.”

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