Absolutely Massive Win For Arsenal – But Leicester Are Still Big Favourites

What a game yesterday, it had it all – controversial decisions, red cards, and last gasp winners – and fortunately the winner was for Arsenal.

Leicester were fantastic yesterday, there’s no way to get around it. They’ve been brilliant all season and even as an Arsenal fan, I’ve found myself cheering them on this season. Yesterday however it was strange because watching the game, I found myself hating them.

And that’s all credit to Leicester City. They’ve worked extremely hard, both on the pitch and behind the scenes, recruited well and shown that you don’t need to spend stupid money to put out a winning team on the pitch. And the fact that I ended up “hating” them yesterday is testament to how much of a threat they have become – they’ve played some excellent football this season and rattled more than a few cages.

So to the first talking point which was the Jamie Vardy penalty. Wes Morgan fouled Mesut Özil but played on, then Koscielny tried to spear Kante and the referee still played on. Then Jamie Vardy found himself one on one with Monreal, nicked the ball passed him and clattered himself into the Spaniard. In real time it looked like a penalty so in all fairness, the referee didn’t have a choice.

Obviously the replays showed that Vardy “won” the penalty, leaving his leg in and making a meal of it, but the decision had been made and Leicester found themselves leading at half time.

It set up a fascinating narrative – could Arsenal comeback? Or is this were Arsenal’s title challenge would end?

Early into the second half Danny Simpson was dismissed, with two bookable offences. They were both yellow cards and Simpson was stupid to commit those fouls, which were both miles away from the penalty area and were completely needless. If Leicester fail to win the Premier League, they may point to that 5 minute period as the time they lost it – because in all honesty up to that point they were comfortable.

After that Leicester sat deep and we came forward with wave after wave of attack. The problem was because Leicester were so compact we could only push the ball out wide and even though our crosses found Arsenal men, our finishing was woeful. Ramsey, Giroud, Walcott and Sanchez all shanked very presentable chances well wide. It looked like it wasn’t going to be our day.

Then on 70 minutes Giroud did well to our muscle Robert Huth and Wes Morgan to beautifully lay the ball off to Theo Walcott. Theo was quick of mind as well as body to latch on to the ball and coolly finish from 7 yards out – Arsenal’s first shot on target!

After that we went for it and the biggest chance came to Olivier Giroud with 4 minutes remaining. He controlled the ball well inside the penalty area and lashed a powerful shot towards goal – with Kasper Schmeichel making an unreal save with his right hand.

It looked like Arsenal’s chance to get back into he title race had gone until 94 minutes. Nacho Monreal was poleaxed by Simpson’s replacement Wasilewski (who looks like an utter beast of a man!) to give Arsenal one last chance. Mesut Özil who was on the periphery all game floated in an excellent cross for Danny Welbeck to head home, topping off his return to Arsenal in the biggest way possible.

The scenes were amazing and Arsenal had pulled of a win over Leicester they badly needed.

So as it stands Arsenal and Tottenham are 2 points behind league leaders Leicester with 12 games remaining.

We are in an excellent position now but it must be noted that Leicester are still firm favourites. They are still the team in form (despite losing yesterday) and they have no FA Cup or Champions League to focus on. They only have the Premier League to prepare for and for me, that is a massive advantage. I think they have 12 days before their next league game and if you look at their run in, they have all very winnable games:

  • Norwich City (H)
  • West Bromich Albion (H)
  • Watford (A)
  • Newcastle United (H)
  • Crystal Palace (A)
  • Southampton (H)
  • Sunderland (A)
  • West Ham United (H)
  • Swansea City (H)
  • Manchester United (A)
  • Everton (H)
  • Chelsea (A)

Arsenal on the other hand, have some tricky fixtures:

  • Hull City (H) FA Cup
  • Barcelona (H) Champions League (1st Leg)
  • Manchester United (A)
  • Swansea City (H)
  • Tottenham Hotspur (A)
  • West Bromich Albion (H)
  • Barcelona (A) Champions League (2nd Leg)
  • Everton (A)
  • Watford (H)
  • West Ham United (A)
  • Crystal Palace (H)
  • Sunderland (A)
  • Norwich City (H)
  • Manchester City (A)
  • Aston Villa (H)

Plus we’ll have additional FA Cup fixtures if we beat Hull City, and if we progress against Barcelona in the Champions League (Haha! Okay…).

So who do you think will win the Premier League from this stage of the season? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!


1 thought on “Absolutely Massive Win For Arsenal – But Leicester Are Still Big Favourites

  1. Hard for an Arsenal fan to say but I make Spurs favourites. They have momentum and belief and don’t look their usual fragile self. History is against them but our game at their place is going to be massive.


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