What an intense match it was, watching Arsenal play against 10-men Leicester City in the Emirates stadium yesterday.
Arsenal took on the Foxes on home ground and definitely provided a great Valentine’s day gift for the fans after a stunning 2-1 win that brought Arsene Wenger’s men two points clear of Leicester and levelled with Tottenham at 51 points. The match was rather spectacular and indeed memorable, certainly favouring the Gooners at all aspects.
As it happened:
Arsenal took hold of dominance with the help of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, spicing up the match in the first minute. The two worked together to go clear on Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs but possession was handed to the Foxes through N’Golo Kanté. Within half an hour, Leicester were giving the Gunners absolute competition with the help of Kante and Riyad Mahrez.
Olivier Giroud managed to score one for Arsenal in the 31st minute was it was deemed offside. The Frenchman encountered quite a lot of close shots throughout the match.
Leicester’s gem Jamie Vardy proved himself a great threat once again after a penalty shot, bringing Claudio Ranieri’s side to a 0-1 lead. Vardy dribbles his way past Nacho Monreal in the box but runs into him and goes down. The Englishman capped his 19th goal of the season to Peter Cech’s left, as the goalkeeper shifts to the opposite direction.
In the 54th minute, the referee spared Danny Simpson no mercy after clinging onto Giroud and not letting the striker move away from him. The red card was fired and Simpson was sent away.
Now left with ten men, the Foxes worked hard to tackle Arsenal’s assist but the game was levelled to 1-1 when Theo Walcott slammed a 10-yard through Giroud’s delicate pass.
90 minutes were up and the board showed an extra two minutes to spare for both teams to knack another goal. Just when everyone thought the couple of minutes could serve no difference to the score. Substitute Danny Welbeck made full use of his time and delivered the most important goal of the match in the last minute to elevate the decibels in the stadium.
Welbeck, who has been dealing with treatment all season scored the golden goal with the aid of Ozil and made fans leap off their seats to cheer for the excellent home win.
Fans certainly did not leave Twitter alone after the match. Arsenal, Leiceister, Welbeck and #COYG topped the trends for the next 12 hours.
Welbeck……..i aint even going to start…..happy for Welbz but how @manutd let him go?
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 14, 2016
Arsenal got the job done today!!! onwards and upwards #coyg
— MuSTAFa (@mfarah05) February 15, 2016
Roses are red ,
Violets are blue .
Leicester scored first ,
But Arsenal scored 2 . ??
— ickrick (@muhdazharanuar) February 15, 2016
Just watched Arsenal game. Don't need a workout to get my heart rate up after that nail biter.
— Clint Lalonde (@clintlalonde) February 15, 2016
— ?CÖME ÖN ARSENAL⚪ (@davidhickman14) February 14, 2016
As an arsenal fan, i want arsene wenger to stay for another 18 years because he worth every penny of the hardship to built the ARSENAL ,
— Mary impercies (@techi_mary) February 14, 2016
The best commentary ever https://t.co/jH3OLEwdjG
— Captain Morocco?? (@AtIasLion) February 14, 2016
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 14, 2016
Thierry Henry: 'I'm very happy for Welbeck, because I see him every day in training and he's suffered a lot not being able to help the team"
— Arsenal News (@__arsenalnews_) February 14, 2016
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 14, 2016
"This is Leicester's year!" pic.twitter.com/V9CXmzKgjK
— Roman Kemp (@romankemp) February 14, 2016
Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are in line for the title right now, who do you think will grab the ultimate win?