Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City
Arsenal’s bid for a top-four spot continued to tread water as visitors Leicester City hit back to earn a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared to have the Gunners on course for a vital victory with his twentieth goal of the campaign midway through the opening period. However, following a second-half red card for Eddie Nketiah following a poorly times challenge on James Justin, the Foxes hit back late on through Jamie Vardy – the frontman supplying a crisp finish to Demarai Gray’s centre – the goal awarded after yet another tedious wait for VAR.
Speaking after the match, Gunners defender, Kieran Tierney, insisted that Nketiah’s challenge was unfortunate. “I had a view [of the tackle], to me it looked totally accidental.,” the Scotsman explained.
“Obviously I’ve not seen it in slow motion like the referee, I didn’t get a chance but for me it’s accidental and Eddie is not the kind of player who would do anything like that. I’ve not seen it back but for me, it looked accidental.”
Arsenal returns to Premier League action on Sunday, July 12 when they take on North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (4:15pm).
Arsenal: Martínez, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac,Bellerín, Ceballos (Torreira 80’), Xhaka, Tierney, Saka (Willock 71’), Lacazette (Nketiah 71’), Aubameyang (Maitland-Niles 90+3’) Subs not used: Papastathopoulos, Holding, Pépé, Nelson, Macey
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Justin, Bennett (Gray 76’), Evans, Söyüncü, Albrighton (Fuchs 59’), Tielemans, Ndidi (Praet 82’), Pérez, Iheanacho (Barnes 59’), Vardy Subs not used: Ward, Morgan, Mendy, Choudhury, James
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Assistants: Daniel Cook and Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Darren England
(Quotes courtesy of Arsenal Football Club – www.arsenal.com)