Jamie Vardy snatches late draw against 10-man Arsenal

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Jamie Vardy’s late goal helped Leicester to snatch a late 1-1 draw against 10-man Arsenal with VAR once again playing its part.

The battle for the European places was the main headline going into the game, but the sub-plot of the Golden Boot race reared its head when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (21) slotted home to take him one goal behind current leader Vardy.

But Arsenal were dealt a blow in the 75th minute when Eddie Nketiah was sent off just minutes after coming on as a substitute for a crunching challenge on James Justin.

There was a long VAR check and use of the pitchside monitor by referee Chris Kavanagh, who ultimately decided his initial yellow card should be upgraded to a red.

VAR was involved in another big decision not long after when Vardy (84) equalised but another lengthy check deemed that Ayoze Perez – who was in an offside position as the ball was played in – did not get a touch onto the cross before his team-mate tapped home.

The goal re-established Vardy’s two-goal lead in the Golden Boot battle and more importantly, gave Leicester a four-point cushion over Manchester United in fifth but they have slipped down into fourth after Chelsea’s narrow 3-2 win against Crystal Palace earlier in the day.

Arsenal remain in seventh with 50 points.

 

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