Arsenal defeated Leicester City in a thrilling encounter at the Emirates Stadium in the English Premier League on Sunday. The clash was a highly anticipated one as a win from Leicester would have made the gap larger at the top of the league. The Gunners are the only team to have beaten City this season, and have successfully beaten them once again in the return fixture.
The hosts started this match really well, and were clearly looking for an early goal to kick start the match. Petr Cech and Kasper Schmeichel showed an excellent display of goalkeeping in the first half and the two teams were playing equally well and the game was extremely physical. The physicality of the match is what led to the Foxes being awarded a spot kick close to the end of the first half when Nacho Monreal brought down Jamie Vardy inside the box.
The referee gave the penalty although the decision was a controversial one because there had been a foul on Mesut Oezil at the other end of the pitch that was not given while the penalty was awarded up the other end shortly afterwards. Vardy successfully converted the penalty and Claudio Ranieri’s men were leading at the break.
The second half was one that went the hosts’ way. Ranieri’s side went a man down in the 54th minute when Danny Simpson received a second yellow card which reduced them to ten men. The home side was now a goal down and a man up, and had to take advantage of the situation.
After having various attempts blocked, Olivier Giroud headed the ball into substitute Theo Walcott’s path who finished and equalised from close range for Arsene Wenger’s team with 25 minutes to go. Danny Welbeck was subbed in the closing stages of the match, but just before that incident, when it looked as if the match was going to finish as a draw, he scored a header after being away for a year injured and won the match for Wenger’s boys.