Last minute heart breaker for the Foxes blows title race wide open
ARSENAL 2 LEICESTER CITY 1
Arsenal took the points in the top of the table clash against Leicester City after a sending off turned the game. The first half was an open game with a huge amount of creation with Jame Vardy’s close range header being well saved by Petr Cech.
The Foxes derservedly took the lead just before the break as Nacho Monreal was adjudged to have caught Vardy who scored the penalty himself to bag his 19th goal of the season.With Leicester looking strong and Arsenal struggling the game turned as Danny Simpson was sent off for a second yellow card.
Arseanl then dominated as Vardy became more and more isolated. The Gunners broke through on 68 minutes with Oliver Giroud knocking the ball down for Theo Walcott to level. Arsenal brought on Danny Welbeck for his return after a long injury and Leicester faced wave after wave of attack. Welback, Walcott, Giroud as well as Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez all had chances.
Late into injury time Marcin Wasilewski gave away a needless free-kick the Foxes endured the ultimate punishment with Ozil delivering a superb ball for Welbeck to flick on and win it for Arsenal to the relief of the Emirates home support. The game leaves Leicester’s lead cut to 2 points at the top, with Arsenal and Tottenham after their 2-1 win at Manchester City, closing in.
Liverpool run riot against poor Villa
ASTON VILLA 0 LIVERPOOL 6
You never know which Liverpool will show up, unfortunately for bottom side Aston Villa the free flowing free scoring Liverpool showed up at Villa Park. Daniel Sturridge was starting a Premier League game for the first time under Jurgen Klopp and opened the scoring with a header from a Phillipe Coutinho cross.
James Milner made it two with a free-kick from out wide deceiving everyone and finding the corner of the net. Liverpool were in total control at the break and continued into the second half as Emre Can finished off a fine passing move to make it 3-0.
At this point Sturridge, who had been impressive for an hour, was taken off and substitute Divock Origi was put through by Alberto Moreno and raced clear to coolly finish to make it four. Nathanial Clyne added a fifth at the second attempt after his first effort was parried and Kolo Toure got his first goal for Liverpool with a header from a Milner corner after some dreadful Villa defending.
The 6-0 defeat was Villia’s worst at Villa Park in 81 years and Villa look like they are heading for relegation. Liverpool have now scored three at Chelsea, four at Man City, five at Norwich and six at Southampton and Aston Villa. At home however they look bereft of creativity. Who knows what this team will give us next.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
Arsenal (0) 2 (Walcott, Welbeck) –Leicester City (1) 1 (Vardy) – At The Emirates Stadium, Islington, London
Aston Villa (0) 0 – Liverpool (2) 6 (Sturridge, Milner, Can, Origi, Clyne, Toure) – At Villa Park, Birmingham
MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE SOCCERROUND – Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)