Leicester’s increasingly forlorn-looking pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City suffered a big blow as Arsenal came from behind to claim an impressive victory at the King Power Stadium.
Having gone out of the Europa League on Thursday, the Foxes were given an early tonic by the Gunners as Youri Tielemens was allowed to run unchecked down the right before firing a low shot into the far corner with just six minutes played.
Arsenal refused to be adversely affected, though, and took control of the game with impressive attacking intent and far greater fluency than the hosts.
David Luiz brought them level, finding space in the box to steer a header in from Willian’s free-kick.
Alexandre Lacazette then put them ahead after the video assistant referee (VAR) judged that Wilfred Ndidi had blocked Nicolas Pepe’s shot in the box with an outstretched arm.
It was second time lucky for the Gunners, who had earlier had a penalty awarded on the pitch but then downgraded to a free-kick after VAR decided the offending tackle on Pepe had taken place just outside the area.
Ivory Coast forward Pepe got in on the act himself, tapping into a largely unguarded net after Willian’s pass had deflected his way.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta actually chose to rest a number of key players on Sunday, including Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose late winner had won their Europa League tie against Benfica on Thursday.
However, it came at a potential cost, though, with Emile Smith Rowe – such a bright spark in recent months – having to leave the field injured in the first half.
Leicester suffered a big injury blow of their own, influential winger Harvey Barnes having to be carried off on a stretcher with his leg in a brace after pulling up during a sprint.
The Foxes’ sixth home loss of the campaign leaves them 10 points behind a Manchester City side who have won their past 20 games.
Arsenal move up to ninth, eight points off the top four but with a renewed interest in events above them in the table.
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- 6EvansSubstituted forAmarteyat 69′minutes
- 33ThomasBooked at 38minsSubstituted forAlbrightonat 45′minutes
- 21Ricardo Pereira
- 8TielemansBooked at 72mins
- 15BarnesSubstituted forÜnderat 51′minutes
- 17Cédric Soares
- 23David Luiz
- 3TierneyBooked at 90mins
- 25ElnenySubstituted forParteyat 66′minutes
- 32Smith RoweSubstituted forØdegaardat 42′minutes
- 9LacazetteSubstituted forAubameyangat 84′minutes
Match ends, Leicester City 1, Arsenal 3.
Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Arsenal 3.
Attempt blocked. Daniel Amartey (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.
Attempt missed. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Cédric Soares.
Attempt blocked. Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Kieran Tierney (Arsenal).
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Thomas Partey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Willian.
Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cengiz Ünder (Leicester City).
Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Partey.
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).
Substitution, Arsenal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang replaces Alexandre Lacazette.
Attempt missed. Kieran Tierney (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Daniel Amartey.
Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Wilfred Ndidi.
Attempt blocked. Thomas Partey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.