Arsenal v Leicester Review: Can We Close The Gap?!

After all the build up it was time for our biggest game of the season so far. 

A win would put us only 2 points behind Leicester and put pressure on the teams in the other Super Sunday game. So it was a must win game really and all the pressure was definitely on us. 

There was some bad news in the line up though as Gabriel had a late injury setback which meant that Mertesacker started after two games out following his red card against Chelsea. This was particularly pivotal because the thought of Vardy running at him was enough to make anyone scared. 

The other news was that Coquelin was back in the starting line up which was crucial for us. Also Welbeck was on the bench after 9 months out with injury. 

The game itself was an open, end to end affair and it was Leicester who opened the scoring from a penalty. It was their star man Vardy who was fouled by Monreal after a counter attack. The decision was a bit harsh but Vardy was clever to draw the foul. 

There was no real doubt about the outcome even with Petr Cech in goal as he smashed it in to put them ahead just before half time much to the crowd’s annoyance. 

So 1-0 down at half time and we had it all to do. 

The second half started with the worst possible start with Koscielny not returning after getting an injury at the end of the first half. So Chambers had to replace him meaning we now had our second choice centre back pairing against Vardy and co. 

Leicester had another penalty claim when Mahrez went down easily from Monreal again but this time nothing was given and we continued to push for the equaliser. 

Then it was the moment that changed the game as their right back Danny Simpson got a second yellow card and was sent off. It was perhaps harsh on him and lucky for us but I wasn’t complaining one bit! 

We were given a lifeline as we really went for it and Leicester tried to hold on as much as they could, as well as time wasting as much as they could. 

We finally got the goal though when Walcott got on the end of Giroud’s knock down and finished well past Schmeichel. 

So 1-1 but we needed the winner especially with an extra man. After many chances which included a great save from Schmeichel it all came down to the last minute of added time.

It was a needless foul from them and it would be the last kick of the game. Özil delivered a great ball and it was Danny Welbeck who got the vital touch to steer it in.

The crowd went absolutely crazy and it was the best reaction to a goal since the FA Cup Final winner against Hull. It was great for Welbeck as well but it was harsh on Leicester who had given it everything to hold on. 

It was a sensational finish and it could be crucial in the title race – especially as in the other big fixture of the day rivals Spurs beat Man City to show their title credentials. 

It is still a four horse race for the title but many now think that it will be a team from North London that will win in the end. 




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