Why victory over Leicester City was ESSENTIAL for Arsenal’s title ambitions


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On Sunday, Arsenal earned a crucial 2-1 victory over current Premier League leaders Leicester City to close the gap at the top to just two points. Jamie Vardy’s first-half penalty gave the Foxes a shock lead but after Leicester defender Danny Simpson was sent off for two bookable offences, the tide turned in Arsenal’s favour. Arsene Wenger brought both Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck on in a desperate attempt to save the game and the Frenchman was rewarded as both players netted to complete the comeback. In fact, Welbeck’s goal came in the fourth minute of injury time to send the home crowd wild.

Throughout the week, ‘Super Sunday’ was billed as the defining day in this year’s Premier League title race and by that reckoning, Arsenal will go on to win the crown this season. The Gunners have struggled to find the net in recent weeks, in fact Olivier Giroud hasn’t scored in over a month, but the return of Danny Welbeck may be vital to their title aspirations. The former Manchester United man has been sidelined for the past 10 months and capped his comeback with the winning goal – and you could see just how much it meant to him during the celebrations.

If there’s going to be intense late drama every week, plenty of supporters will want to see the Gunners hunt a first Premier League title since 2004. On current form, Arsenal are playing some superb football and fans are certainly getting their money’s worth at the Emirates Stadium so far this campaign. If they continue to shine and create opportunities in attack, Wenger’s men will pile the pressure on Leicester City and Claudio Ranieri’s side may start to crack as the business end of the season draws ever closer. One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be one of the most exciting finishes to a Premier League season in quite some time and with Ticketgum, you can buy Arsenal tickets and be a part of it.

Had Leicester City held on for a draw, Arsenal would currently be sitting in third place – five points behind Ranieri’s side and two behind north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who secured a 2-1 victory at Manchester City in Sunday’s later game. However, Welbeck’s late winner has kept them firmly in the title race and might give Arsenal that added impetus and drive to chase down the Premier League crown. In recent years, many pundits and journalists have criticised Arsenal’s bottle. Well, the Gunners are about to experience the true test of their resolve and title credentials in the coming weeks. Win the league and Wenger will be forgiven. Miss out and that might just be the end of his Arsenal tenure.

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Arsene Wenger” (CC BY 2.0) by  wonker 

So, will Arsenal win the title? Well, Wenger’s men have 12 cup finals to go – every game as big as the last. If the Gunners win the league, they’ll have done it the hard way. Arsenal must travel to Old Trafford, White Hart Lane and the Etihad before the end of the season and all three matches are potentially tricky games. However, with a bit of luck on the injury front, there is absolutely no reason why Arsenal cannot lift the title for the first time in 12 years.

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