EPL: Comeback hero Danny Welbeck gives Arsenal victory in vital clash

    Danny Welbeck of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the winning goal in its 2-1 win over Leicester City in the top of the table clash at the Emirates.

    Story highlights

    • Arsenal beats 10-man Leicester 2-1
    • Substitute Danny Welbeck with late winner
    • Welbeck back after long injury layoff
    • Tottenham wins 2-1 at Man City

    (CNN)Danny Welbeck made a dream return for Arsenal to score a last-gasp winner in the 2-1 victory over 10-man Leicester City which thew the English Premier League title race wide open.

    England international Welbeck, who was making his first appearance since April 2015 for the Gunners after a serious knee injury, headed home in the fifth minute of added time at the Emirates Sunday after coming on as a late substitute.
      Arsenal's north London rival Tottenham Hotspur also boosted its hopes later Sunday with a battling 2-1 win at fourth-placed Manchester City, both teams closing to within two points of leader Leicester with 12 games remaining.
        Leicester, down a man after the 54th minute dismissal of defender Danny Simpson for a second yellow card in quick succession, had looked set to hold out for a 1-1 draw to maintain the five-point lead it held going into the crucial fixture.
        But in the last action of the match, substitute Marcin Wasilewski conceded a needless free kick and Mesut Ozil's free kick was glanced home by Welbeck, who has spent a frustrating 10 months on the sidelines.
        He had missed an earlier chance after coming on as an 83rd minute replacement for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but made no mistake this time.
          Substitute Theo Walcott drew Arsenal level at 1-1 against 10-man Leicester City in the 70th minute at the Emirates.
          "Dying seconds, we kept pushing, had chance after chance," Welbeck told Sky Sports.
          "I missed the first opportunity and tried to make amends. It is important and the most important thing is to get the win.
          "It has been a rollercoaster for me, a difficult moment, and my family and friends know what I have been through."
          It was heartbreak for unheralded Leicester, which took the lead just before halftime after Nacho Monreal tripped Jamie Vardy.
          The striker, so prolific for the Foxes in their unlikely title bid, got up to drive the ball past Petr Cech from the penalty spot.
          Arsenal felt hard done by after its earlier penalty appeal when Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross into the box was blocked by the arm of N'Golo Kante was rejected by referee Martin Atkinson.
          A pivotal moment in the title race? Referee Martin Atkinson shows a red card to Danny Simpson for a second yellow card foul.