Last night’s clash of the titans between first place Leicester and second place Arsenal was one for the history books.
Tactical genius Claudio Ranieri managed the Foxes in similar style, piling on the pressure in the midfield before breaking on the counter.
Arsenal couldn’t cope for the first 45 minutes, and it showed on the park as Gunners play-makers Ozil and Sanchez struggled to make use of possession.
Despite the majority of recognition given to match-winners Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, Leicester had another hero.
N’Golo Kanté was a man on a mission in the midfield and was the key figure for the Foxes’ niggling pressure.
The Frenchman finished the half with five tackles, four interceptions and won nine duels- pure dominance!
The first goal of course came from a Leicester counter attack. The Foxes broke quickly on the counter after a controversial foul on Ozil near the box was not given by referee.
In pure Vardy fashion, the striker aggressively ran at the staggered Arsenal defence and won a penalty after being brought down by Monreal in the box.
The penalty sparked controversy after Arsenal appealed to Martin Atkinson that Vardy looked for the foul.
Penalty yes or no? Jamie Vardy brought down in the box by Monreal
The second half was almost a polar opposite of the first. Things started to go the Gunners way as Leicester started to rack up the cards.
It was clear that Arsenal weren’t coping with the high physicality of the match and were making it clear to Atkinson.
The entire dynamic changed 10 minutes into the second half as Simpson was shown a second yellow for a soft challenge on Giroud.
Arsene Wenger can be hailed as a game changer, after his substitutes both scored to hand Arsenal the much needed victory.
The first goal came from Theo Walcott after Giroud’s header set him up for a powerful volley past keeper
Leicester fought hard in the second half with 10 men, and were heartbreakingly pipped at the post.
A late Arsenal substitution saw Danny Welbeck come on for his first appearance this season.
The last opportunity of the match came from an Ozil free kick, who found Welbeck’s head for the winner.
The fans and players went into hysteria, as Welbeck charged into the crowd to celebrate.
A deflated Leicester side will need to rise from this defeat for their next two matches at home.
As for the title race, this is far from over…..
WHO ELSE BUT MESSI?
Messi’s is having a laugh after orchestrating this cheeky penalty!
By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here) –
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