Arsenal 1-0 Leicester City: Only an own goal
- Chances at a premium
- Monreal forces Huth own goal
- Arsenal moves sixth
- Foxes six clear of drop
Nacho Monreal’s desperate shot ricocheted off Robert Huth’s chest and gave Arsenal a 1-0 win over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Entertainment value wasn’t high over the course of the match, as Arsenal had trouble piercing Leicester’s congested back four.
Arsenal is now three points back of Manchester United and four behind Man City before Thursday’s Manchester Derby.
Leicester is six points clear of 18th and has played one less game than most of the teams chasing them.
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Arsenal had most of the ball to start the match, but needed to make the first big stop. Petr Cech kept the match goalless when he flew to stop a left-footed whip from Riyad Mahrez.
At the other end, Mesut Ozil set up Theo Walcott for a chance that prodded a solid save from Kasper Schmeichel.
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Wilfried Ndidi was again a monster in the middle third for Leicester, arguably the main reason the Foxes have rebounded from their relegation plight.
Arsenal had a chance pushed away from danger by Robert Huth after Alexis Sanchez misjudged his time on the ball in front of goal in the 56th minute.
Schmeichel then dove to slap away a deflected Francis Coquelin shot.
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Laurent Koscielny went down in pain after landing awkwardly in the 79th minute, leaving a gap in space that Shinji Okazaki would’ve exploited were it not for a block from Gabriel Paulista.
Leicester’s Yohan Benalouane should’ve seen red with 10 minutes to play following a leaping boot to the back of Olivier Giroud, but only a foul was given.
Ndidi made a sliding intervention on Mesut Ozil in the 85th minute, another terrific bit of work from the Nigerian.
That’s when Huth’s unlucky moment lifted Arsenal to the lead.
29 - Arsenal have now scored 29 league goals in the final 30 minutes of games in the Premier League this term; the most of any side. Drama.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 26, 2017