The defeat put Leicester in third place, 13 points below Manchester City, leaving 12 games remaining.
Arsenal players celebrate after defeating Leicester. AP
Arsenal sent a hammerblow to Leicester’s faint hope of winning the Premier League in an impressive counterattack of winning 3-1 on Sunday.
Mikel Arteta’s team lags behind Youri Tielemans’ early goal at King Power Stadium.
They lost 9 out of 11 games when they acknowledged the opening goal of the season.
However, David Lewis caught up with the tie and Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty led the Gunners to take the lead shortly before halftime.
Nicolas Pepe’s second-half goal sealed Arsenal’s second victory in the last six league games.
Leicester came in third after a violent escape from North London citizens, 13 points below leader Manchester City in the remaining 12 games.
It was a week to forget Leicester’s manager Brendan Rodgers after a shocking exit from the Europa League against Slavia Prague on Thursday.
Arsenal are unlikely to be in the top four, but this was still an important result as they emphasized the potential of Arteta’s team.
With Arsenal struggling midfield, Arteta prioritized winning the Europa League as his only hope for next season’s Champions League appearance.
Arteta made six changes as he chose his best team for a dramatic reversal 3-2 victory over Benfica in the last 32 seconds leg on Thursday.
He left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan and Bukayo Saka on the bench after a long journey from a neutral venue in Greece.
Arsenal’s modified lineup was initially disorganized and Leicester used it to start scoring in the 7th minute.
Tielemans was given time and space by the sluggish Granit Xhaka to invade the Arsenal area.
Pablo Mí was slow to respond to danger, and the Belgian midfielder advanced unchecked before drilling a low strike into a distant corner.
Arteta’s men thought he had been penalized when referee Paul Tearney pointed to the spot after Pepe’s run ended in a joint challenge between Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi.
However, VAR checked the case and changed the decision to a free kick as Ndidi first contacted Pepe just outside the area.
Willian has endured a difficult first season in Arsenal after his transfer from Chelsea.
Brazilian winger finally enjoyed the moment when Arsenal leveled up to 39 minutes.
Willian’s outswing free kick fired an arrow at Lewis, and the defender leaned forward, pointing a powerful header over Kasper Schmeichel from 10 yards.
Arsenal had barely finished celebrating when the promising midfielder Emile Smith Rowe was injured.
They ignored the retreat and took the lead in the first half of the downtime.
Pepe’s cross hit Diddy’s outstretched arm, and VAR determined that the block had occurred just inside the area.
Lacazette stepped up to penalize beyond Schmeichel with his eleventh goal of the season.
Leicester had another blow when Harvey Barnes was stretched with his left knee tightly wrapped early in the second half.
Lester was on a rope and Arsenal landed a knockout punch in the 52nd minute with a great counterattack.
Jaka found Pepe wide on the right, and Côte d’Ivoire chose Martin Ødegaard at the edge of the area.
Odegor clipped a clever path to Willian, and his cutback was perfectly positioned to allow Pepe to take advantage of the empty net.
This is Pepe’s fourth goal in the last seven league starts, highlighting the long-awaited improvement from Winger.
In other early games on Sunday, Fulham had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.
The third Bottom Fulham is three points behind the fourth Bottom Newcastle in the fight to avoid demotion.
After that, Thomas Tuchel’s undefeated start as Chelsea’s boss was threatened against second-placed Manchester United.
The troubled Liverpool moves to the bottom of Sheffield United and Tottenham’s host Burnley.
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Premier League: Arsenal wins comeback with Leicester, Fulham holds at Crystal Palace
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