Arsenal overcame 10-man EPL leaders Leicester City 2-1 at the Emirates stadium to secure maximum points on Sunday thanks to a stoppage time goal by Danny Welbeck who was making his first appearance for the Gunners since April 2015.
Jamie Vardy scored a penalty right at the end of the half to give Leicester City the lead after Arsenal had enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges before Theo Walcott came off the bench to bring Arsenal level inside on the stroke of 70 minutes.
The Foxes stayed compact and refused to give anything away but the pressure from the home side soon yielded a positive result as Welbeck rose higher to head home a Mesut Ozil’s free kick to the disappointment of the visitors.
Five points separated the Gunners and the season’s surprise package Leicester going into the match, and with the other two teams in the top four meeting later in the afternoon, it felt like a hugely significant Valentine day in the title race.
Arsène Wenger made two changes to the side that beat Bournemouth last weekend. Gabriel missed out with a slight hamstring injury and was replaced by Per Mertesacker. Francis Coquelin also came in for his first league start since November. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain retained his place to make his 100th Premier League appearance.
Leicester’s side couldn’t be more settled as head coach Claudio Ranieri named the same starting XI for the sixth consecutive game.
Leicester took the lead at the end of the first half through a Jamie Vardy penalty, though it looked as though a foul on Mesut Ozil went unpunished in the build-up.
Arsenal had played with an extra man since the 53rd minute, when Danny Simpson was dismissed for two bookable offences, but it looked as though they would be frustrated by the resolute City defence until Theo Walcott came off the bench to score the equalizer with 20 minutes remaining, latching onto Olivier Giroud’s knockdown.
With the clock winding down, the game seemed to be heading for a draw until Danny Welbeck scored a last-minute winner on a dramatic afternoon.
The England man, who hadn’t featured for 10 months, got on the end of a Mesut Ozil free-kick deep into injury time to complete a comeback victory against the league leaders.
Love was in the air for Sunday’s midday kick-off on Valentine’s Day at Emirates Stadium, but the only thing Arsenal had their heart set on was three points against the league leaders who certainly gave the North Londoners a good run for their money. The result means the Gunners are now two points off the pace, with 12 games remaining.