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Arsenal come from behind to thrash Leicester as Fulham held at Palace

Arsenal deliver a hammer blow to Leicester's faint hopes of winning the Premier League with an impressive fightback to win 3-1

2/28/2021 6:45:00 PM

Arsenal deliver a hammer blow to Leicester 's faint hopes of winning the Premier League with an impressive fightback to win 3-1

The north Londoners fall behind to Leicester 's early goal at the King Power Stadium, but they managed to take three points with three goals of David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe.

VAR decisionsHaving picked his best team for the dramatic come-from-behind 3-2 win against Benfica in the last 32 second leg on Thursday, Arteta made six changes.He left Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka on the bench after the long trip back from the neutral venue in Greece.

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Arsenal's reshuffled line-up initially lacked cohesion and Leicester took advantage to open the scoring in the seventh minute.Tielemans was gifted time and space by the lumbering Granit Xhaka to break into the Arsenal area.Pablo Mari was slow to react to the danger, allowing the Belgian midfielder to advance unchecked before drilling a low strike into the far corner.

Arteta's men thought they had earned a penalty when referee Paul Tierney pointed to the spot after Pepe's run was ended by a combined challenge from Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi.But VAR checked the incident and changed the decision to a free-kick as Ndidi made the first contact with Pepe just outside the area.

A moment to savourWillian has endured a difficult first season at Arsenal after his move from Chelsea.The Brazilian winger finally enjoyed a moment to savour as Arsenal drew level in the 39th minute.Willian's out-swinging free-kick arrowed towards Luiz and the defender stooped to direct a powerful header past Kasper Schmeichel from 10 yards.

Arsenal had barely finished celebrating when promising midfielder Emile Smith Rowe limped off injured.They ignored that setback to take the lead in first half stoppage-time.Pepe's cross hit Ndidi's out-stretched arm and VAR ruled the block had taken place just inside the area.

Lacazette stepped up to slam the penalty past Schmeichel for his 11th goal of the season.There was another blow for Leicester, already without the injured James Maddison, when Harvey Barnes was stretchered off with his left knee heavily wrapped early in the second half.

Leicester were on the ropes and Arsenal landed the knockout punch in the 52nd minute with a superb counter-attack.Xhaka found Pepe wide on the right and the Ivorian picked out Martin Odegaard on the edge of the area.Odegaard clipped a deft pass to Willian and his cutback was perfectly placed for Pepe to tap into the empty net.

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It was Pepe's fourth goal in his last seven league starts, underlining a long-awaited improvement from the winger.In Sunday's other early match, Fulham had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.Third bottom Fulham are three points behind fourth bottom Newcastle in the fight to avoid relegation.

Later, Thomas Tuchel's unbeaten start as Chelsea boss will be under threat against second placed Manchester United.Troubled Liverpool travel to bottom of the table Sheffield United and Tottenham host Burnley. Read more: TRT World »

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