Arsenal 1 Leicester City 1 – Premier League Game Review – Foxes Draw with Gunners
- 2019-20 English Premier League review – July 7, 2020
- Arsenal 1 Leicester City 1
Arsenal 1 Leicester City 1 Premier League Game Review
Leicester draw level with 10-man Arsenal at the Emirates; keep Champions League hopes alive.
Just when it looked like the Gunners were on track for a fifth consecutive victory, Jamie Vardy's 84th minute goal brought parity to things at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday night.
Earlier Pierre Aubameyang took his season's tally to 20 in the 21st minute – this happened when a sensational diagonal pass from Dani Ceballos found Bukayo Saka who drove down the right, beat a fumbling Jonny Evans before essaying a superb pass for the ace Gabonese striker to finish.
Mikel Arteta's men were on the ascendance after the opener, coming out guns blazing at the Leicester goal.
Some superb goal-keeping by Kasper Schmeichel who pulled off a vicious Alexandre Lacazette shot on the turn inside the box, saved the visitors a few blushes when he deprived Saka and Aubameyang a couple of opportunities to score.
There were further tests for Schmeichel as a long-range shot from Kieran Tierney and a low free-kick from David Luiz were both thwarted.
But it looked like Leicester had got their equalizer before the break against the run of play when Kelechi Iheanacho tucked home a Vardy cross but referee Chris Kavanagh had already blown his whistle for a infringement on Sead Kolasinac and the goal was disallowed.
With rain driving down hard, it was an end-to-end affair in the second half. Brendan Rodgers introduced Harvey Barnes, Christian Fuchs and Demarai Gray providing urgency to the proceedings but the equalizer seemed elusive.
The visiting Foxes were gifted an opportunity when Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah,coming in as a substitue for Lacazette lasted just four minutes on the pitch as he was red-carded for a reckless lunge at James Justin in the 71st minute.
Arsenal now down to ten men seemed to be tiring in the face of some relentless Leicester pressure.
The Foxes ultimately cashed in on their weakened rivals when Vardy slid home Demarai Gray's cross in the 84th minute – the goal finally awarded after a lengthy VAR check for offside.
It was Vardy's 22nd league goal of the season and restored his two-goal advantage over Aubameyang at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
The 8 minutes added to injury time was not enough for Leicester to go in for a winner as the hosts hung on resolutely to protect the 1-1 scoreline.
Leicester have slipped below Chelsea after the Emirates draw to the 4th place with 59 points which is one less than the Blues who took the lead courtesy a narrow 2-3 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Foxes have a 4-point cushion over 5th-placed Manchester United that could get reduced to just a point post the Red Devils' forthcoming clash with Aston Villa.
The Gunners are still in the Top 8, positioned currently at 7th with 50 points but could be in danger of losing that spot to Tottenahm and Sheffield who are just 2 points away and have a game in hand each.
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