The moment the title race turned in Arsenal’s favour

first_img Danny Welbeck scores Arsenal’s winner v Leicester 1 An injury-time winner from substitute Danny Welbeck gave Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger’s side closed the gap to just two points on Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes.Returning hero Welbeck’s winner came 25 minutes after Theo Walcott had levelled the match, cancelling out Jamie Vardy’s penalty – scored just before half-time.But it was Danny Simpson’s unnecessary dismissal which Leicester fans will be cursing long into the night, as the 29-year-old right back picked up two yellows in quick succession while his side were 1-0 up.The Gunners started brightly as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain surged down the right wing and won a corner for his side within the first minute. Alexis Sanchez headed the resulting set piece narrowly wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s right-hand post; however Chamberlain would continue to give Leicester left-back Christian Fuchs problems for the duration of the half.In the ninth minute, having beaten Fuchs, Chamberlain appealed for handball against N’Golo Kante, although referee Martin Atkinson’s decision to wave this appeal away seemed justified in hindsight.Leicester’s first real chance of the match came after 16 minutes as Jamie Vardy’s header forced a brilliant stop from Petr Cech. The Arsenal goalkeeper would later save his side’s blushes again as he clawed N’Golo Kante’s excellent curling effort away from the top corner of the Gunners’ goal.And then came the defining moment of the first half as Kante initiated a Leicester breakaway amid Arsenal appeals for a foul by Wes Morgan on Mesut Ozil. Kante was then harshly fouled himself by Laurent Koscielny, but play was waved on by Martin Atkinson as the ball fell to Jamie Vardy who burst into the penalty area and drew a silly challenge from Nacho Monreal.Despite the Spanish left-back’s desperate proclamation of innocence, referee Atkinson signalled for a 45th minute penalty.Vardy picked himself up, dusted himself down and smashed the ball past Cech to give the Foxes a vital lead with one of the last kicks of the half.Having not been able to respond straight after the goal, Arsenal started the second period as they’d started the first – at an electric pace. Efforts from Ramsey and Giroud threatened Kasper Schmeichel’s goal, with the problems Alexis Sanchez was causing Leicester right-back Danny Simpson helping to change the course of the game.In the 49th minute Sanchez drew a foul from Simpson, which saw Leicester’s right-back awarded a yellow card and, just five minutes later, Olivier Giroud did the same, sending Leicester down to ten men.Claudio Ranieri’s decision to replace Riyad Mahrez with defender Marcin Wasilewski temporarily appeared to have solved the problem as Leicester initially soaked up Arsenal’s pressure. But, in the 70th minute, Hector Bellerin’s ball in from the right was cushioned perfectly by Olivier Giroud into the path of Theo Walcott, whose side-footed finish levelled the game.From then on, it was 25 minutes of constant Arsenal pressure as Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker all missed fantastic chances to win the game for their side.With time running out, Arsene Wenger made the decisive call and introduced Danny Welbeck to the action after 83 minutes, for the Englishman’s first appearance after nine months on the sidelines.It looked as though Leicester would escape with a hard-earned point, when Arsenal were awarded a free-kick around 35 yards from goal. Mesut Ozil took this opportunity to float a perfectly-weighted ball into the area which Welbeck was able to head past a devastated Schmeichel.There were jubilant scenes at the Emirates as Welbeck and everyone connected with the home side celebrated what felt like a decisive moment in the title race.Only time will tell how important Welbeck’s goal will be in the context of this season’s top spot, but for now it leaves Arsenal just two points behind Leicester City.With 12 matches remaining, the title race is well and truly on.last_img read more

North west set to be the worst affected by Storm Caroline

first_imgDonegal is set to feel the biggest impact of Storm Caroline today as strong winds and snowfall strike the county. Atlantic Storm Caroline is due to pass over Ireland today and bring severe weather. Two status yellow weather warnings have been placed by Met Eireann – including a wind alert and snow-ice warning.North and northwest counties will be most at risk of snow showers which will occur later today. Snowfall is expected throughout Thursday night and into Friday morning, bringing possible accumulations of up to 3cm in areas, more likely on higher ground. Icy conditions are forecast right through to Friday afternoon. Motorists are urged to take care on the roads.Severe winds are expected in Donegal throughout today, with gusts of up to 100 to 110 km/h and winds strongest at the coasts and higher ground.Donegal is in for a cold few days. Temperatures are expected to fall as low a 2 degrees this evening and reach lows of -2 degrees tonight.Friday is set to be a chilly day too as the winds ease and occasional wintry showers fall. Met Eireann’s overall outlook for the weekend is that it will be staying very cold with wintry spells and frosty nights.  North west set to be the worst affected by Storm Caroline was last modified: December 7th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more