The dream for Claudio Ranieri’s men for long spells looked like a reality as Jamie Vardy’s debatable first-half penalty put the visitors in front, momentarily putting Leicester eight points clear of their opponents.
However, Danny Simpson’s red card for two bookable offences swung the momentum in Arsenal’s favour and they piled the pressure on, finding an equaliser through Theo Walcott after 70 minutes.
With time running out, Arsene Wenger introduced Danny Welbeck and on his first appearance this season the England international grabbed a headed winner with the last action of an enthralling encounter.
Lineker, a renowned Leicester City supporter, admitted his heartbreak at Arsenal’s winner and he was joined by other pundits such as Richard Keys and Danny Higginbotham in commenting on Twitter.
Reality sucks!— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) febrero 14, 2016
There is nothing quite like football for filling you with joy one minute and tearing your heart to shreds the next.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) febrero 14, 2016
Wow. I don't think Leicester deserve that. Credit Arsenal and Welbeck but that's harsh. Really harsh.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) febrero 14, 2016
As much as football is a sport we all love so much. At times it can be so cruel. Leicester so unlucky not to get a draw but credit 2 Arsenal— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) febrero 14, 2016
The victory leaves Arsenal just two points behind Leicester, and with 12 matches to go the invaluable three points keeps their title bid well and truly alive as we approach the business end of the season.
With trips to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, West Ham United and Manchester City still on the horizon, the Gunners have a tough run-in but this result will give them huge confidence.