Just two minutes after Jamie Vardy stole a late draw from the bench, Eddie Nketiah was forced to pay for his crazy red card. The Gunners looked poised to keep their European dream alive, with a tense victory at the Emirates.
Leicester had been caught again by Bukayo Saka after smashing the early goings-on the counter with Arsenal’s man of the moment dominant.
The youngster released the right side and slid through a lovely low pass at the far post to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who slotted home perfectly to make it 1-0.
Aubameyang aimed to return the favor moments after the drink break, but Caglar Soyuncu cut off his square pass to prevent Saka from achieving an almost assured goal.
The Gunners kicked into high gear and created opportunities for Hector Bellerin and Alexandre Lacazette, though Kasper Schmeichel was determined to keep the Arsenal’s lead at one. After the break, the deflected free-kick from David Luiz brought Schmeichel in a good reflex save.
Jamie Vardy selected a divine cross from strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho at the other end but Emiliano Martinez easily saved the frontman’s first-time volley.
In the 71st minute, Arsenal was reduced to 10 men after Eddie Nketiah had been given his marching orders for a high boot on James Justin.
The youngster was submitted just minutes before and after initially receiving a yellow card the referee upgraded the punishment to a red after consulting with the VAR pitchside monitor.
Finally, it would prove costly when in the 85th minute Jamie Vardy questioned a lengthy VAR inquiry for a potential offside to level the first-time finishing scores.
Despite the man advantage, as the game was injured, Leicester created very little, essentially ensuring both sides had to settle for a 1-1 draw.