Don’t miss the thrilling replay and highlights of the Luton Town vs Arsenal showdown. The action kicks off at 20:15 (GMT) on the 5th December 2023, with the talented S. Barrott taking charge as the referee. The game unfolds at the iconic Kenilworth Road as part of England’s prestigious Premier League, Week 15, Season 2023/2024. This is a clash you won’t want to miss!
Luton Town vs Arsenal Full Match Reports
Declan Rice’s last-gasp header secured a crucial win for Arsenal, propelling them five points clear at the Premier League (PL) summit and intensifying their pursuit of their first league title since 2004. The Gunners faced Luton Town away from home, engaging in a thrilling encounter that ended in a 4-3 victory.
The PL fixture schedule granted Arsenal a strategic advantage, allowing them to exert pressure on their title rivals by playing a day before them. Luton Town, with only one win in their last eight league matches, seemed susceptible, yet they displayed resilience at Kenilworth Road, refusing to let Arsenal dominate.
For the initial 20 minutes, Rob Edwards’ side successfully kept Arsenal at bay. However, the Gunners, known for their ruthlessness this season, capitalized on their first significant opportunity. A defensive lapse provided Arsenal with a throw-in, leading to Gabriel Martinelli poking the ball into the bottom corner from Bukayo Saka’s delivery. The lead was short-lived as Luton’s Gabriel Osho responded with a powerful header from Alfie Doughty’s corner.
The equalizer spurred Arsenal into action, and before halftime, Ben White’s precise cross from another Saka move allowed Gabriel Jesus to head home. Luton, resilient against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, demonstrated their ability to trouble top-tier opponents by turning the game around before the hour mark. Elijah Adebayo headed in from Doughty’s corner, and Ross Barkley’s low drive slipped past the goalkeeper, David Raya.
In a pulsating encounter, Arsenal swiftly restored parity within 180 seconds through Kai Havertz’s deft touch from Jesus’ through ball. The remainder of the match resembled an attack-versus-defence scenario, with Arsenal pressing for a breakthrough against a content Luton side. A potential penalty claim for Arsenal was reviewed by VAR but ultimately dismissed.
The decisive moment arrived deep into stoppage time, as Martin Ødegaard’s first-time cross met the head of Rice, securing the euphoric win for Arsenal. The victory marked Arsenal’s first at this ground in 12 meetings and extended their winning streak to six successive fixtures in all competitions. Luton, despite missing an opportunity to distance themselves from the relegation zone following Burnley’s loss, showcased a commendable performance.
Man of the Match: Alfie Doughty (Luton Town).