Arsenal produced another fightback as three goals in 17 minutes either side of half-time gave them a 3-1 victory at Leicester to prevent the Foxes moving second.
After two late goals earned them a dramatic Europa League win over Benfica in midweek, Arsenal had to come from behind again to earn three points at the King Power Stadium.
Youri Tielemans put Leicester ahead (6) with a good finish into the bottom left corner, thanks to some wide-open, poor Arsenal defending, but the visitors levelled through David Luiz’s clever header from a Willian free-kick (39).
VAR had earlier correctly denied Arsenal a penalty for Wilfred Ndidi’s nudge on Pepe, just outside the box, but the two were involved again as Pepe’s shot struck Ndidi’s hand in the box, spotted by VAR, allowing Alexandre Lacazette to score from the spot (45+2).
Pepe extended Arsenal’s lead with a simple close-range finish from Willian’s centre (52), in a game where both sides felt the impact of Thursday’s Europa League games as Emile Smith Rowe, Jonny Evans and Harvey Barnes all went off injured.
The result means Leicester stay third, with Chelsea six points behind but with a game in hand, while Arsenal are up to ninth above Tottenham for a few hours at least.
Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Castagne (6), Soyuncu (5), Evans (5), Thomas (4), Ndidi (5), Tielamans (6), Pereira (5), Iheanacho (5), Barnes (6), Vardy (5)
Subs: Albrighton (6), Under (5), Amartey (5)
Arsenal: Leno (7), Soares (6), Mari (7), Luiz (7), Tierney (7), Elneny (6), Xhaka (7), Willian (8), Smith Rowe (6), Pepe (8), Lacazette (7)
Subs: Odegaard (7), Partey (6), Aubameyang (NA)
Man of the match: Nicolas Pepe
- Leicester have suffered consecutive defeats across all competitions for the first time since December, while they last lost two in a row at the King Power Stadium back in October (a run of three).
- This was Arsenal’s first away victory against a team starting the day in the top three of the Premier League table since January 2015 (2-0 v Manchester City) – they were winless in their last 14 such games coming into today (D3 L11).
- Alexandre Lacazette has converted all five of his penalties for Arsenal across all competitions, while only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (13) has now netted more goals for the Gunners than Lacazette (11) this term.