Arsenal and Leicester City played out an early contender for game of the season tonight at the Emirates Stadium, but it looked to be marred by a piece of cheating by Mesut Ozil in the build-up to the Gunners’ third goal.
The Germany international got away with what looks like a deliberate handball not long before Aaron Ramsey struck to make it 3-3 and set up a grandstand finish.
Arsenal had looked set for a shock home defeat at the hands of Leicester, who went ahead twice in north London but once again came away with nothing at a ground where they have a poor record.
This is the Foxes’ fourth straight defeat at the Emirates, with a late own goal deciding it last season and Danny Welbeck’s stoppage time winner clinching a controversial game the year before.
Once again, Leicester can feel hard done by as Ozil clearly handled the ball just before winning a corner for Arsenal, from which they then got another before the ball broke to Ramsey for the equaliser.
Just two minutes after Ramsey’s goal, Olivier Giroud scored the winner to break Leicester’s hearts, but there’s no doubt they benefited from referee Mike Dean getting a big decision wrong.
As the replay above shows, Dean had a clear look at Ozil taking the ball down with his arm, but took no action as Arsenal went on to turn the game around.