Luton Town, the newly promoted club, dropped one of their best performance last night against the table topper, Arsenal. They welcomed the Gunners at Kenilworth Road to play the 15th game in the league. However, Luton Town fought until the end, but Arsenal broke their heart in injury time. A goal by Declan Rice in injury time secured all three points for the Gunners as they won the match by a thrilling 4-3 margin.
Arsenal traveled to Kenilworth Road, aiming to extend their lead at the top of the table. Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, set up the team formation with 4-3-3, where Gabriel Jesus led the Gunner’s attack along with Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. On the other hand, Luton’s boss played his team in an attacking 3-4-2-1 formation.
The match started with Arsenal dominating the home side. They, however, didn’t have to wait much to break the deadlock as Gabriel Martinelli scored the opener for Arsenal in the 20th minute. But the home team took only five minutes to get back into the game. Defender Gabriel Osho found the equalizer for Luton Town in the 25th minute with a beautiful header. However, Arsenal’s pressing continued till the last minute of the first half, leading to another goal just before the half-time break. This time, Gabriel Jesus scored with a header in the 45th minute.
However, the home team responded well after the break. They got an early goal in the second half, which put them back in the match. In the 49th minute, striker Elijah Adebayo netted the ball for the home side and made the scoreline 2-2. This goal was a tonic for the home side, which inspired them for the third goal. This time, Ross Barkley defeated Arsenal’s keeper David Raya, and found the net.
As the match was going on, it seemed Luton Town would get all three points against Arsenal. But the drama was yet to come. Kai Havertz leveled the scoreline in the 60th minute with the help of Jesus. Arsenal became more aggressive following their third goal and were looking for the lead again.
Arsenal, finally, got the lead in injury time as Declan Rice scored an incredible goal in the 90+7 minute to seal the game for the Gunners. In the end, Arsenal got all three points and are still at the top of the table with 36 points.
Mike Arteta on winning the game
Mike Arteta shared his thoughts on winning the seven-goal thriller against Luton Town. He said, “I really enjoyed [it], especially the end. The incredible thing about football, the emotions and the moments that you live together with a lot of people. It was a special night. Credit to Luton for the incredible atmosphere they created, the way they played, the way they were coached, they made life really difficult for us, but we found a win. The resilience, the character and quality that the team showed, and how much we wanted it, it was great.”