Gunners fail to shoot down the Foxes at Emirates

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners in front in the first half with a clean finish off Bukayo Saka’s cross…

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his goal for

…but Jamie Vardy squeezed out a crucial away point for Leicester as he levelled the scores to put the game at 1-1. It was his 22nd Premier League goal for the season.

Jamie Vardy wheels away in celebration after levelling the score.

Bukayo Saka had created the opening goal as he latched onto a defence-splitting pass from Dani Ceballos and feigned Jonny Evans into falling over his own feet before laying off the ball to Aubameyang who pounced on it on the run to stab in his 20th Premier League goal of the season.

Bukayo Saka.

Arsenal were reduced to ten men for the final 15 minutes when substitute Eddie Nketiah was slapped with a straight red card by referee Chris Kavanagh after a nasty lunge on James Justin.

His absence created a loophole for Leicester who capitalized on their numerical advantage to pin the Gunners in their own half, Vardy ultimately connecting a Demarai Gray’s cross to restore parity. He had to wait a while though before the goal was awarded as VAR checked for offside.

Leicester have now won just once in six games since the season resumed after the short break occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic. They , however, drop to fourth after Chelsea won 3-2 at Crystal Palace earlier on Tuesday.

Arsenal’s own chances of a top-four finish continue to dwindle as they remain nine points adrift in seventh. They resumed the season on a wrong footing with back-to-back defeats at Manchester City and Brighton.

The future appears promising though for Mikel Arteta’s charges as his philosophy at the Emirates begins to show signs of success.

Had it not been for Kasper Schmeichel’s outstanding display in the Leicester goal, Arsenal would have banged in more goals before half-time but the Danish number one pulled out a brilliant low save to cut out Alexandre Lacazette’s effort.

Leicester felt shortchanged when Kelechi Iheanacho got penalised for a soft foul after he tapped in Vardy’s cross.

Iheanacho was denied another glaring opportunity by Emiliano Martinez who had replaced injured Bernd Leno in Arsenal goal. Vardy was equally culpable after failing to connect yet another great chance.

Lacazette experienced a frustrating night in front of goal when he did turn in from David Luiz’s flick-on only to be flagged offside.

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