Arsenal held by Leicester City as Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng both strike – but VAR dominates a

Arsenal held by Leicester City as Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng both strike – but VAR dominates a

Jamie Vardy continued his fine scoring record against Arsenal to rescue a point for Leicester City at a sodden Emirates stadium on Tuesday night.

It was a night for yet more VAR drama, with Vardy’s goal only being allowed to stand after a strenuous check against the 10-man Gunners.

Jamie Vardy scored his tenth goal against Arsenal to rescue a point for Arsenal

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Jamie Vardy scored his tenth goal against Arsenal to rescue a point for Arsenal

Eddie Nketiah became the youngest Arsenal player to receive a red card in the Premier League since Konstantinos Mavropanos achieve the feat against the Foxes two years ago for a high challenge which referee Chris Kavanagh had to consult his on-screen monitor for to confirm.

The Foxes have an awful record in north London and it appeared set to continue after Bukayo Saka combined beautifully with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who tapped in his 20th Premier League goal of the season.

The Gabon striker has reached the milestone for the second consecutive season, a feat only matched by Thierry Henry, as it moved him one closer to Vardy.

But, after reaching 100 strikes in the Premier League, the 33-year-old had to have his say and duly got his tenth goal in the top flight against Mikel Arteta’s side.

Saka, Laca and Auba combined for Arsenal to open the scoring

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Saka, Laca and Auba combined for Arsenal to open the scoring

Mikel Arteta watches Chris Kavanagh consulting the pitch-screen monitor

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Mikel Arteta watches Chris Kavanagh consulting the pitch-screen monitor

Demarai Gray crossed in from the right hand side and, despite a lengthy VAR check to determine of the former England striker was offside or if Ayoze Perez touched the ball, Vardy’s tap in was allowed to stand to leave the goal tied at 1-1.

Lacazette had a goal ruled out for offside as VAR confirmed assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis was right to put up her flag after he had finished at the back-post.

The VAR, Stuart Attwell, was involved again soon after – recommending Kavanagh use his pitchside monitor following a high, late challenge from Nketiah on James Justin.

Kavanagh needed just one replay to show Nketiah the red card just moments after replacing Lacazette.

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The VAR would still have a further part to play, adjudging that Vardy was onside when he equalised for Leicester with six minutes to go.

With Arsenal a man down it was the visitors doing all the pressing to find a late winner.

But the contest would end all-square, the draw meaning Leicester sit fourth – three points clear of Manchester United – while Arsenal edge above Wolves into sixth.

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