Arsenal 1-1 Leicester: Jamie Vardy scores late equaliser to cancel out Aubameyang’s opener
Jamie Vardy has rescued a point for Leicester after scoring a late equaliser against 10-man Arsenal, keeping the Foxes nine points clear of the Gunners while they occupy the last of the Champions League places.
The deadlock was broken after 21 minutes when Buyako Saka, who recently committed himself to Arsenal with a new long-term deal last week, was at the heart of the opening goal, as his quick feet wrong-footed Jonny Evans before squared the ball for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to finish off a well-worked move.
Alexandre Lacazette nearly became the second person to benefit from a Saka cross after he received the ball inside the box, turned, and then fired a low, hard shot towards goal but Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a fantastic save to deny the Frenchman.
Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring Leicester late equaliser against Arsenal at a rain-soaked Emirates on Tuesday night
The Foxes talisman timed his run perfectly to get in behind the Arsenal back-line to score past Emiliano Martinez
Leicester‘s No 9 managed to get on to the end of Demarai Gray’s perfectly-weighted cross to calmly finish inside the box
Leicester has heaped the pressure on 10-man Arsenal and they got their reward when Vardy netted the 85th-minute equaliser
Vardy wheels away in celebration while the Arsenal defenders look dejected after conceding so late on at the Emirates
MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LEAGUE TABLE
ARSENAL: (3-4-3) Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Ceballos (Torreira 80), Xhaka, Tierney; Saka (Willock 71), Lacazette (Nketiah 71), Aubameyang (Maitland-Niles 90+3)
SUBS NOT USED: Macey (GK); Papastathopoulos, Holding, Pepe, Nelson
GOALS: Aubameyang (21)
BOOKINGS: Mustafi (88)
SENT OFF: Nketiah (74)
COACH: Mikel Arteta
LEICESTER: (3-4-1-2) Schmeichel; Bennett (Gray 76), Evans, Soyuncu; Justin, Ndidi (Praet 82), Tielemans, Albrighton (Fuchs 59); Perez; Iheanacho (Barnes 59), Vardy
SUBS NOT USED: Ward (GK); Morgan, Choudhury, James, Mendy
GOALS: Vardy (85)
COACH: Brendan Rodgers
REFEREE: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire)
MAN OF THE MATCH: TBA
VENUE: The Emirates
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Minutes later, Kelechi Iheanacho had the ball in the back of the net for Leicester but referee Chris Kavanagh ruled the goal out having spotted a foul in the build-up to the goal.
The Gunners continued to threaten before the half-time interval, with Lacazette gifted another opportunity to score but his diving header was comfortably saved by Schmeichel.
Leicester then had another glorious chance to equalise shortly after the restart, when Vardy delicately put through Iheanacho again but the Foxes striker could only volley down the centre of the goal, which was smartly covered by Martinez in the Gunners net.
Just before the second-half drinks break, Lacazette thought he had doubled Arsenal’s lead after putting in David Luiz’s knock-on header but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates breaking the deadlock at the Emirates after scoring in the 21st minute
Aubameyang was set up following a brilliant piece of play from Bukayo Saka (left) who wrong-footed Jonny Evans (right)
Saka managed to square the ball across the box for Aubameyang (left) to finish past a diving Schmeichel during the first half
Schmeichel calls out to his defenders while Aubameyang wheels away in celebration having scored the opener
Aubameyang runs to celebrate with Saka (left) after the Arsenal youngster set up the goal following a brilliant bit of play
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is delighted with the goal as he celebrates on the touchline after his side takes the lead
Shortly after, Arsenal were down to 10 men after Edward Nketiah, who had been on a matter of minutes, was initially booked for a late challenge before referee Chris Kavanagh consulted the pitchside monitor courtesy of VAR’s intervention to then overturn his call to send the youngster off.
With the Gunners a man down, Leicester put on the pressure and were rewarded for their efforts and it was Vardy who was the man to score the equaliser, scoring his 10th career goal against Arsenal.
The Foxes players held their breath as VAR analysed the goal for a potential offside but the celebrations were warranted when the check was completed and the goal was given.
Match report to follow
Schmeichel was kept busy during the first half and was forced to deny Saka from scoring a goal of his own
Alexandre Lacazette (centre) had the chance to double Arsenal’s lead in the first half but his diving header is saved
Kelechi Iheanacho taps into the net following a cross from Jamie Vardy but the goal is ruled out for a foul in the build up
Referee Chris Kavanagh books Eddie Nketiah for a late challenge on James Justin just minutes after coming on as a substitute
However, following a lengthy review from VAR, the boys in Stockley Park recommended that Kavanagh should rethink his call
After watching one or two replays of the incident, Kavanagh reversed the booking and sent Nketiah off for the challenge
The Arsenal starlet, who had been on a matter of minutes, makes his way off the pitch after being given his marching orders
Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez comes to punch the ball but catches team-mate David Luiz with the follow-through
Sead Kolasinac (right) and Iheanacho (left) both raise their boots to control the ball as the rain poured down in north London
Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos sandwich Ayoze Perez as the Gunners regain possession of the ball during the first half
Leicester star Vardy appears to catch Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi in the face with his boot while falling to the floor
Mustafi is seen to by the Arsenal medical team as David Luiz and Perez check to see if the German is alright
The Gunners will want to continue their resurgence following a string of wins that have put them back into contention for qualifying for European football next season.
Brendan Rodgers’ men had their first victory since footballs resumption last weekend with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace as they look to hold off pressure from Chelsea, Manchester United and possibly the Gunners in the battle to reach the Champions League next term.
Sportsmail will provide live Premier League coverage of Arsenal vs Leicester including score, lineups and build-up for the 8.15pm action at the Emirates Stadium.