Arsenal snatch late winner to beat the Foxes
Arsenal snatched an 86th minute winner to beat Leicester City 1-0 in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium tonight.
Following their 2-1 win against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the their last Premier League outing, it’s the first time Arsenal have won consecutive Premier League matches since January.
The victory moves Arsenal up one into 6th place in the Premier League table.
The Gunners are now three points behind Manchester United and four behind fourth-placed Manchester City having played the same number of games.
The Manchester clubs meet at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow night.
Liverpool, in third, are six points ahead of Arsenal having played two more games.
Tonight’s match was decided by Nacho Monreal’s shot deflecting off Robert Huth into the bottom corner of the net.
Arsene Wenger persisted with the 3-4-3 system, but made four changes to the team that started against Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday.
Hector Bellerin, Kieran Gibbs, Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott came into the side in place of Rob Holding, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.
The first half was mostly a tight cagey affair.
Kasper Schmeichel made saves from Coquelin and Walcott.
Alexis Sanchez hit the bar on the stroke of half-time.
At the other end Petr Cech tipped a Riyad Mahrez shot over the crossbar.
Mahrez and Jamie Vardy both had shots that found the side netting.
The second half continued in much the same vein, with Arsenal enjoying plenty of possession but lacking a cutting edge.
Despite making attacking changes, and switching to a conventional back 4, by bringing on Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, it seemed that Arsenal would be thwarted.
The teams had drawn 0-0 in the reverse Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium on Saturday 20th August.
Monreal’s shot and the defection into the net by Huth though was enough to give Arsenal all three points.
The goal also set up a grandstand and controversial finish to the match.
Leicester City pressed for an equaliser. Having seemed content to settle for a point they found the urgency to push Arsenal back and set up a nervy finish for the Gunners.
From a late thrown-in Christian Fuchs wanted the throw the ball into the penalty area, but was prevented by Sanchez standing directly in front of him.
Fuchs threw the ball at Sanchez who went down injured. The referee booked Sanchez and gave the Foxes a free kick.
The Arsenal defence scrambled the ball away, with Schmeichel up in the penalty area and Leicester appealing for a penalty.
So Arsenal just about got the win to extend their unbeaten run over Leicester in the Premier League to 21 games. They have not lost since their very first meeting in November 1994.
The victory saw the Gunners equal their longest home winning streak against a single opponent – 10 successive wins against Everton between January 1997 and September 2005.
The Gunners have also been proficient in scoring late goals this season. They have now scored 29 league goals in the final 30 minutes of games in the Premier League this season, the most of any side.
The result keeps Leicester City in 15th place in the table -six points above 18th place Swansea with one game in hand.
This was the first time the Foxes have failed to score in a Premier League game under Craig Shakespeare – they had done so at least twice in each of the previous seven..
Arsenal: Cech 6, Bellerin 7, Monreal 8, Gabriel 6, Koscielny 7, Gibbs 6 (Welbeck), Xhaka 6, Coquelin 6 (Ramsey), Walcott 5 (Giroud), Ozil 6, Sanchez 7