Jamie Carragher reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Leicester
Jamie Carragher discusses what Arsenal's 2-1 win over Leicester City means for the Premier League title race
Jamie Carragher admits that Leicester will now face a stern test of their title credentials after they slumped to a 2-1 loss to Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The Foxes headed into the game flying high at the top of the Premier League table and took the lead through Jamie Vardy’s penalty in the first half at Emirates Stadium.
However, Claudio Ranieri’s side were reduced to 10 men when Danny Simpson was sent off for a second booking early in the second half.
And Arsenal drew level thanks to substitute Theo Walcott’s goal, before Danny Welbeck came off the bench to net the winner deep into stoppage time.
The result left Leicester two points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table – and Carragher believes that the next few games will prove to be a real test of Leicester’s character.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Carragher said: “It’s massive [for Arsenal]. The points, obviously, and psychologically, but now the questions will be thrown at Leicester: how will they be able cope with people now questioning them? Can they come back from that?
“We’ve used the fact that they don’t have any midweek games as a bonus for them, a plus, an advantage. It could work the other way now, where they have so long to think, especially the way the lost. Dwelling on that, if they’d have got another three points, how far ahead they would have been.
“That’s where the questions come, now they’ve had a setback, how are they going to react? It was a crazy decision late in the game when they looked like they’d weathered the storm and it’s cost them.
“We mentioned at half-time that the big players have to step up, I don’t think Alexis Sanchez or Ozil were fantastic but Ozil again gets the assist for the winning goal.”
Arsenal’s next Premier League game is a trip to Manchester United on 28 February.