Jamie Vardy’s late equaliser gave Leicester City a vital point to keep their Champions League hopes on track and end Arsenal’s recent winning streak.
The Gunners looked on course for a fifth successive victory to maintain their outside chances of a place in Europe’s elite competition next season at the expense of Leicester’s similar ambitions after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang swept in his 20th league goal of the season in the first half.
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men with 15 minutes left when Eddie Nketiah was sent off just four minutes after coming on as substitute for a high challenge on James Justin, and Leicester cashed in on their numerical advantage when Vardy slid home Demarai Gray’s cross in the 84th minute, the goal finally awarded after a lengthy VAR check for offside.
It was Vardy’s 22nd league goal of the season and restored his two-goal advantage over Aubameyang at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
Leicester City goalscorer Jamie Vardy, speaking to Sky Sports: “We started the game well. When we went 1-0 down we started panicking a bit. Going down to 10 men meant they worked even harder but we stuck to our plan and got the goal.
“Doesn’t matter who scores as long as we are picking points up. We wanted to keep the momentum going, back into training now and focus on next week.”
Arsenal XI: Luiz, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Mustafi, E. Martinez, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Bellerin, Tierney, Ceballos, Saka
Subs: Sokratis, Macey, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Torreira, Holding, Nelson, Willock, Nketiah
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Evans, Bennett, Albrighton, Vardy, Ayoze Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Iheanacho, Soyuncu, Justin
Subs: Fuchs, Morgan, Matty James, Nampalys Mendy, Praet, Ward, Gray, Choudhury, Barnes