Late goal gives Arsenal EPL thriller win

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

After that, though, Leicester City had the Gunners on the ropes for most of the game, taking a 3-2 lead in the second half off of Jamie Vardy's second goal of the match.

Such an effort provoked scenes of sheer jubilation at the Emirates Stadium and came just two minutes after fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey looked to have rescued a point for the inconsistent Gunners after blasting in from close range.

Arsenal looked a beaten team when Leicester led 3-2 early in the second half after Vardy grabbed his second goal before the substitutions gave them new vigour in attack.


Olivier Giroud headed home the late victor on Friday. "We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game".

"I don't know whether it was a lack of concentration or just a lack of game management in the last ten minutes, but you then concede again from a set play in terms of being overpowered".

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Craig Shakespeare's side boasted numerous players, and characteristics, that saw them shock the world to win the title in 2015/16. "He's a fantastic guy as well, committed and loves the club".

"I went to a three-man midfield to get us a screen because Mesut Ozil was playing in the pockets and I wanted Wilfred Ndidi to get in and around him".

More awful defending followed in the second half, and Vardy restored the lead after he was left wide open on a corner, with Petr Cech in no-man's land. "I opened the door for him, because I knew we had many strikers, but he's really loved here and he chose to stay".


'It wasn't a sentimental decision, it wasn't based on 20 years of history with the club although there is tremendous loyalty which comes with that, but it wasn't a decision made out of loyalty, but out of the qualities the club has and what we feel we need over the next two years to take this club forward'. "There were hard moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see".

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