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Arsenal v Leicester - story of the match

Arsenal kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive as a late Robert Huth own goal was enough for them to see off reigning champions Leicester.

After the toxic atmosphere of recent weeks diminished somewhat after a semi-final victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger looked like being brought back down to earth by the Foxes, only for Nacho Monreal's late effort to fly in off the unwitting Huth to seal a scrappy 1-0 win.

Until that point, the hosts had been kept at bay by a well-drilled Leicester defence and some smart saves from Kasper Schmeichel.

But the deadlock was broken with four minutes remaining to take Wenger's side up to fifth and just two points adrift of Liverpool.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"...and breathe. W ell that was a tense end to the game, but it's another 3 points on the board" - Arsenal's official Twitter account captures the relief.

STAR MAN

Nacho Monreal - It needed a bit of luck but Monreal's late strike won the game for Arsenal, even if the heavy deflection means it goes down as a Robert Huth own-goal. Monreal provided a crucial equaliser too in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City and he proved the value here of shooting, when his team-mates had so often previously opted for one more pass.

REFEREE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Leicester's Yohan Benalouane was lucky to escape with only a yellow card after he thrust his boot into Olivier Giroud's back as the Frenchman challenged for a header. Benalouane appeared also to have his eyes on Giroud rather than the ball but referee Mike Jones thought it only worth a caution. The fact Jones saw it should also spare Benalouane any retrospective action.

STAT ATTACK

Arsenal have scored 29 goals in the last 30 minutes of Premier League games this season, more than any other side.

RATINGS

Arsenal

Petr Cech 7 (out of 10)

Hector Bellerin 6

Gabriel 7

Laurent Koscielny 6

Nacho Monreal 7

Kieran Gibbs 6

Granit Xhaka 7

Francis Coquelin 6

Theo Walcott 6

Mesut Ozil 7

Alexis Sanchez 7

Substitutes

Danny Welbeck (for Gibbs, 68 minutes) 7

Aaron Ramsey (for Coquelin, 75) 6

Olivier Giroud (for Walcott, 75) 6

Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel 7

Danny Simpson 6

Robert Huth 5

Yohan Benalouane 5

Christian Fuchs 7

Riyad Mahrez 7

Wilfred Ndidi 6

Danny Drinkwater 6

Marc Albrighton 6

Leonardo Ulloa 6

Jamie Vardy 6

Substitutes

Shinji Okazaki (for Ulloa, 70) 6

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