The Premier league title race has witnessed a new turn of the tide as Arsenal outclassed Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium to close the gap between the league leaders. The first half goal from Jamie Vardy was cancelled by Theo Walcott in the second half, before Leicester defender Simpson was sent out after a second yellow.
However, Arsenal leaves it late to score the winner, when the substitute Danny Welbeck who made his Premier League appearances after 10 months, headed in a free-kick from Mesut Ozil.
Here is how the players fared for both sides
Petr Cech (3/5)
Made an impressive save against Vardy to deny him in the first half, although completely wronged by the same person in the penalty.
Nacho Monreal (2.5/5)
Cannot quite blame him for the penalty, but was pale in defensive duties. Offered a lot in the offensive game, but the crosses were poor.
Per Mertesacker (3/5)
Never set a foot wrong defensively. But missed a glorious opportunity when he headed a brilliant ball from Ozil, wide of the post.
Laurent Koscielny (2.5/5)
Did not had much to do in the first half. He was replaced by Calum Chambers in the second half as he suffered an injury due to a scathing foul.
Hector Bellerin (3/5)
Did well to contain Albrighton and was part of offensive movements down the right side. Combined well with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott.
Francis Coquelin (3/5)
A mediocre performance from the Frenchman. He was booked in the first half and was substituted by Walcott to bring from prolificacy to the attack.
Aaron Ramsey (3.5/5)
Lively throughout the game, but opted to go for glory on few occasions when he had chances to make great passes, which may have led to the goal.
Mesut Ozil (3.5/5)
Stringed the passes well. Provided two teasing high balls, one was headed wide by Mertesacker and the other was nodded in by Welbeck. Was anonymous in the first half.
Impressed the Emirates faithful. Crossed well, read the game well and defended sturdly when needed.
Alexis Sanchez (2.5/5)
Played some nice skills to entertain the crowd. On the other end, missed a lot of glorious chances.
Olivier Giroud (3.5/5)
Showed a lot of footballing brains to assist Walcott for the first goal while he could have tried to head into the goal. Good hold-up play as well.
Calum Chambers (3/5)
Impressed with his defensive skills. Eyebrows may have raised when he made the entry in the second half. But kept his cool and guarded well.
Theo Walcott (4/5)
Changed the mentality of Arsenal, as he provided a different dimension to the team. Brilliantly finished to restore parity.
Danny Welbeck (3.5/5)
Came on as a late substitute, and celebrated the return by scoring one of the most important goals for Arsenal this season.
Kasper Schmeichel (3.5/5)
Proved his worth by a string of top class saves, particularly that of Giroud which was bulleting in.
Danny Simpson (1.5/5)
Worst player on the pitch today. Two unnecessary fouls, two yellows. Should have kept his composure after the first booking.
Wes Morgan (3/5)
Did well to keep Arsenal at bay on many occasions. The first block to deny Alexis Sanchez was stupendous.
Christian Fuchs (2/5)
Missed to mark Arsenal players during set pieces. It could have been more miserable for him if Mertesacker had scored in the free-header, which was so due to Fuch’s mistake to cover the German.
Riyad Mahrez (2.5/5)
The mediocre game from the Algerian and was sacrificed due to the sending off.
N’Golo Kante (3.5/5)
Break the Arsenal attacks quite brilliantly and weaved forward passes brilliantly. The best player of Leicester City today.
Danny Drinkwater (3/5)
Cleared the balls away, and won many of the aerial duels he was indulged in. Apart from that, an ordinary game for him.
Marc Albrighton (3/5)
Attacked with much-needed vigour, although stuck the wall called ‘Bellerin’, many times.
Shinji Okazaki (2/5)
Did his part in counter-attacks, but failed to put up a defensive display. Was substituted in the 61st minute.
Jamie Vardy (3.5/5)
Cannot stop scoring. Made Cech work hard with a great header, and scored past him from the spot. Unlucky to be on the losing side.
Failed as a right-back, provided that his foul on Aaron Ramsey led the way to the free-kick which resulted in the goal.
His inefficiency to mark Walcott resulted in the first goal for Arsenal. Poor show from the defender.
Not enough time to make an impact.
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