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People Were Very Divided Over Whether Or Not Jamie Vardy Dived To Win A Penalty Against Arsenal

People Were Very Divided Over Whether Or Not Jamie Vardy Dived To Win A Penalty Against Arsenal
By Will Slattery

Can it be a penalty and a dive at the same time? Arsenal host Leicester in a massive Premier League game that has massive title implications this afternoon.

As Andy Gray used to say, you can't win the Premier League trophy today but you might be able to lose it.

The game was finely balanced in the first half when Jamie Vardy jinked past Nacho Monreal on the right side of the box and went down after making contact with the defender's leg. It looked like a penalty on the TV in real time but the replay showed that Vardy leaned in towards Monreal before going to ground.

It was a hard incident to call but Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot and Vardy dispatched the penalty to the back of the net to give Leicester the lead.

Interestingly, there didn't seem to be anywhere near a consensus among pundits and journalists as to whether the decision was correct.

Right after half time, Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez bamboozled Monreal further with a piece of trickery in the box and went down after being clipped. Despite looking even more conclusive than the Vardy incident, the referee - perhaps making up for the first half decision - waved play on.

Arsenal were able to battle back and snatch a 2-1 win after a Danny Welbeck header five minutes into injury time.

The win saw Arsenal cut Leicester's lead at the top of the table with to just two points and with Man City playing Spurs later this afternoon, Claudio Ranieri's men will have even more company near the top of the table.

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