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Jack Butland provided some comfort to Arsenal fans after this weekend’s (EPL) win at Leicester City.
The England international, who will be a second-string spot this term after failing to beat the injury bug during the second half of the 2018-19 season, came on for the final 11 minutes of the match. And for the most part he did not disappoint, saving all of Kasper Schmeichel’s best efforts from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil.
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He then played his part in the 99th minute where he hacked down Wilfred Ndidi just outside the box to spark up a scramble. Ndidi, who had a goal ruled out earlier for offside after beating Mesut Ozil, touched the ball forward to Demarai Gray, who whipped his shot at Butland to end the flurry and send Arsenal the strong winner at King Power Stadium.
Arsenal is now two points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, and it now has two games in hand on Leicester, as well as three on Liverpool, the title-chasing Manchester City and Tottenham.
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AUBAMEYANG SCORES EARNED MESUT OZIL’S SHORTYCH BACK ROOM
For Arsenal, when Aubameyang scores, Ox works the attack and the team is often successful, but of late, the team has struggled to win, putting goal management into question following Mesut Ozil’s shortych injury.
Aubameyang took his goal in the 33rd minute with a glancing header off Alexandre Lacazette’s cross. It’s his fourth EPL goal of the season, although all have come in two games and all have come against the two current top teams in the league.
Arsenal will be feeling good at home next week against Burnley after rallying from 2-0 down with a remarkable three-goal comeback. Burnley will not be feeling as well after their last home game in a three-game winning streak for the first time since May, 2013.
Leicester City will remember the 1-0 loss as their lowest EPL result this season, but they will not have many regrets after holding the table-topping team to a 0-0 draw. That result was their fifth straight in the league, and they had been winning their last seven of the campaign coming into this match.
Leicester City failed to capitalize on Theo Walcott’s second-half red card, in which he was shown a straight red for kicking Tottenham striker Harry Kane in the back as he ran up for a shot in the 88th minute.
While the FPL scoreline may not have indicated it, this was a good match between two of the best sides in the league. Both teams created chances from set pieces, while Arsenal out-shot Leicester in the match, 20-11.
Take a closer look at the teams’ performances in the match.
Here’s how Arsenal and Leicester City fared in the match.