Arsenal throws Leicester party away in 2-1 win

Arsenal throws Leicester party away in 2-1 win

- Arsenal made the League title race now wide opened after beating the Foxes 2-1

- Jamie Vardy had put the visitors ahead just before half-time

- Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck scored for Arsenal to put them back into the title chase

Arsenal throws Leicester party away in 2-1 win

The referee shows Simpson out of the game

Arsenal threw the Premier League title race wide open when they came from a goal down to beat Leicester City 2-1 at the Emirates on Sunday.

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The Foxes scored first through a Jamie Vardy penalty and came close to scoring a second goal in the second half but a resilient Arsenal came back with goals through Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck in the 70 and 90 minutes respectively.

Leicester came into the game hoping to stun Arsenal and stretch their lead to eight points at the top but the Gunners would not have any of that.

Leicester still top the table but with only two points separating them and an Arsenal side who will revive their title hopes with the race still in sight.

Leicester were reduced to 10 men for 36 minutes when the referee gave Danny Simpson a second yellow card but they looked set to hold the fort for a vital draw as the thrilling game went into injury time.

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Danny Welbeck, playing his first competitive game since April last year, headed home a Mesut Ozil free-kick past Leicester’s keeper Kasper Schmeichel to send the whole Emirates Stadium into frenzy as Leicester lost in the league for only the third time this season.

Olivier Giroud had set up substitute Theo Walcott with 20 minutes to go and the England player finished with a side-foot to get them back into the game.

This was after Jamie Vardy had given the Foxes the lead via a penalty on the stroke of half-time, Nacho Monreal's outstretched leg sent him tumbling.

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A nice game it was, that lived to its billing as the clash of the top teams. Wenger speaking to BBC said it all:

"The effort, energy, intensity was all good. Leicester defended very well but we had bad luck to be 1-0 down at half-time. We were relentless after that - we should have scored more goals.

"It was a pivotal moment today because the mathematics meant it could be eight points or it could be two points. That is a great change.

Claudio Ranieri to the BBC:

"We know Arsenal are a fantastic team, they move the ball quickly and have skill, but we had to concentrate. We tried to counter-attack and we controlled the match very well.


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