Arsenal brought their title hopes back to life as they defeated current leaders of the Premier League – Leicester City. Substitute Danny Welbeck’s last second goal sealed a dramatic 2-1 win over the Foxes on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium, but it was Leicester City who took the lead first thanks to a controversial penalty late in the first half of the game.

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Arsene Wenger decided to make two changes in the starting team to the side that played against Bournemouth last weekend with Per Mertesacker taking the place of injured Gabriel, and Francis Coquelin replacing Mathieu Flamini.

Arsenal's domination

The Gunners made the better start as England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a couple of great runs on the right wing. The hosts should have taken the lead in the second minute, but Alexis Sanchez’s header didn’t hit the target.

Danny Welbeck / photo:flickr.com
Danny Welbeck / photo:flickr.com

Chamberlain was involved in another action when his cross appeared to strike Kante’s arm, but official Martin Atkinson decided not to give a penalty to the Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger’s side dominated the game, but they couldn’t find a way to beat Kasper Schmeichel and his defenders. Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez wasted great opportunities to open the scoring, but they were denied by Leicester’s captain – Wes Morgan. The Foxes finally took advantage of Arsenal’s lack of effectiveness in front of the goal as they scored the first goal of the game in the 45th minute.

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Second half

In the second half Arsenal was forced to bring another attacker to the team, but the game luckily swung in their favor when Simpson received two yellow cards just 10 minutes after the break. The Gunners’ pressure payed off in 70th minute when Theo Walcott smashed the ball home after Giroud’s brilliant pass in the area.

Arsenal continued to throw all players forward against a tiring 10-man Leicester team. In the last 10 minutes of the game, Arsene Wenger decided to bring in Danny Welbeck, who didn’t play a single game for the club for 10 months after a knee injury.

It was Welbeck who flicked the ball with his head after Mesut Ozil’s perfect delivery in the final minute of the game to seal the victory.

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