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Sunday 17 December 2017

Gunners edge into top four as they out-fox battle Leicester

Arsenal's Arsenal's David Ospina makes a save as team mates Laurent Koscielny (R) Per Mertesacker (L) and Leicester City's Andrej Kramaric watch during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's Arsenal's David Ospina makes a save as team mates Laurent Koscielny (R) Per Mertesacker (L) and Leicester City's Andrej Kramaric watch during their English Premier League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium

ARSENAL moved back into the Premier League top four as they edged out bottom club Leicester at the Emirates Stadium last night.

The Gunners, beaten by Tottenham in the north London derby on Saturday, looked to be in control after first-half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott.

However, Croatia forward Andrej Kramaric netted his first Leicester goal after 61 minutes to reduce the deficit, while Arsene Wenger's (pictured) side survived some late pressure and some five minutes of stoppage time to secure victory which moves them back above Spurs and Manchester United, who play tonight.

The result was harsh on Nigel Pearson's side, showing plenty of industry for their under-fire manager, who came down from the director's box to orchestrate the second-half recovery.

Leicester, winless in 16 games against Arsenal since November 1994, had enjoyed a promising start as a deflected effort from Riyad Mahrez flew across the Arsenal six-yard box.

Arsenal took the lead after 27 minutes. Ozil floated the ball towards the near post, where Koscielny got clear of his marker to fire past the keeper from point-blank range.

Arsenal doubled their lead in the 41st minute. Ozil was given space some 25 yards out and drilled in a left-foot shot which Schwarzer could only parry. The ball dropped to Walcott, who dispatched it on the volley back into the bottom left corner for a third goal in four games.

Arsenal were punished for some slack defending by Kramaric for his first Leicester goal since a £9million January move from Rijeka with just less than a half an hour to play.

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