Foxes Home woes continue against Gunners
EPL Matchday 26 of 38 match reports: Leicester City's woes at home continue as they go down to Arsenal…this time.
Leicester City 1, Arsenal 3 – Sunday, February 28, 2021
Leicester City's pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City were dealt a severe blow with Mikel Arteta's Gunners coming from behind to notch up an impressive win at the King Power stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Following the game where a couple of late goals against Benfica secured them a Round of 16 berth in the Europa League, Arsenal did an encore as they recovered from an early Youri Tielemans strike to bang in three in the space of 17 minutes on either side of half-time.
Leicester survived a penalty scare minutes later when Tielemans seemed to have fouled Nicolas Pepe at the edge of the box but VAR indicated that it was in fact Ndidi's contact that brought the Gunners' forward down a fraction outside the area.
Arsenal asserted their dominance of the game as Pepe and Willian repeatedly beat Luke Thomas on the right flank and earn a couple of failed free kicks. The Gunners finally got their set-piece right as Willian's peeled off a square cross into the area for an unmarked David Luiz to dive in and direct a powerful header past Kasper Schmeichel into the bottom corner.
Lacazette converted from the spot, blasting his kick past a hapless Schmeichel to make it 1-2 in the second minute of injury time.
Leicester suffered a big injury blow post the interval when the influential Harvey Barnes had to be taken off the field on a stretcher with a worrying knee issue.
Arsenal widened the lead when Pepe fed substitute Martin Odegaard, who slipped Willian a ball in at an angle on the left byline.
Willian's center deflected off Tielemans and into the path of a waiting Pepe to be turned in from a hand-shaking distance. 1-3 in the 52nd minute. Leicester sustained another injury in the form of defender Evans with just twenty minutes to go as the Foxes failed to create anything meaningful to reduce the deficit.
In fact the visitors could have gone further ahead with a fourth had not Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fired wide from the edge.
The loss for Leicester means they stay on the third with fourth-placed West Ham 4 points behind at 45 from 26 outings, while Arsenal are still on the 10th despite the win.
Leicester have points in the bank, but Rodgers now faces a challenge to ensure his side can rediscover some momentum and avoid slipping late out of the Champions League qualification places as they did towards the end of the last season.
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