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Declan Rice Caps a seven-goal thriller against Luton for Arsenal’s fightback

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<p>Declan Rice’s last-minute goal against Luton on Tuesday completed Arsenal’s stunning comeback victory, pushing them five points ahead atop the Premier League standings. In the second half of a thrilling match at Kenilworth Road, Mikel Arteta’s team was down 3-2 due to two costly errors made by goalkeeper David Raya. However, Kai Havertz’s equalizer and Rice’s header late into stoppage time saw Arsenal rally to maintain their advantage at the top of the league.</p>
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<p>The exuberant celebrations shown by Arteta and his team highlighted the importance of a tough victory that will strengthen the confidence that Arsenal can ultimately win their first championship since 2004.</p>
<p>“I’m overjoyed. We made things difficult for ourselves by giving up the goals, so we knew this would be a tough fight,” Arteta said.</p>
<p>The way our team worked together, how we battled when to show off our skills, and how we never gave up. We took a risk and were rewarded today.</p>
<p>“Huge congrats to Luton; I know that night was difficult. Everyone on the squad is leaping, according to our conversation.”</p>
<p>Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli had started the score, but Gabriel Osho of Luton equalized and Gabriel Jesus gave the visitors the lead again just before halftime.</p>
<p>Raya’s first mistake set up Elijah Adebayo’s second equalizer for Luton shortly after halftime, and the Spaniard’s second blunder let Ross Barkley score.</p>
<p>However, England midfielder Rice had the last say to give Arsenal six straight victories in all competitions after their contentious loss at Newcastle with the use of VAR.</p>
<p>If second-place Liverpool defeats bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Wednesday, they will be able to catch up to Arsenal by only two points.</p>
<p>Since the beginning of the season, Arteta’s team has been a road warrior, winning 17 games away from home. The Gunners’ first visit to Kenilworth Road in 32 years resulted in their first victory there since 1984.</p>
<p>In the twentieth minute, they took the lead when Bukayo Saka dribbled down the right side for a low cross, which Martinelli met with a scuffed finish from 12 yards into the bottom corner.</p>
<p>Five minutes after Arsenal were undone by a well-executed corner routine, Osho scored his first Premier League goal, beating Raya with a header from ten yards out.</p>
<p>At the end of the half, Jesus gave Arsenal a head start again by heading in close to meet Ben White’s looping cross.</p>
<p>Another twist in the story came in the 49th minute when Adebayo headed home from close range after Raya fumbled at Alfie Doughty’s corner, thanks to Luton’s mastery of set pieces.</p>
<p>This season, Rob Edwards’ team has the most set-piece goals in the Premier League—more than half of them have come from free kicks, corners, and penalties.</p>
<p>After another mistake by Raya in the 57th minute, the Hatters scored a third goal without having to display their superior dead-ball play.</p>
<p>Barkley, a former midfielder for Chelsea, dribbled past White inside the box and tried a weak save from Raya, but the shot squirmed.</p>
<p>Three minutes later, however, Havertz gave Arsenal a one-goal lead again when he tucked in from close range after Jesus used remarkable power to elude his defender and then found the German running.</p>
<p>Arsenal continued to battle for the victory and completed their valiant comeback in the seventh minute of stoppage time, demonstrating the resilience of future winners.</p>
<p>While Arteta was doing a happy jig on the touchline, Rice met Martin Odegaard’s cross with a glancing header that nestled in the far corner.</p>
<p>Hwang Hee-chan completed Wolves’ 1-0 victory against Burnley at Molineux in the other match on Tuesday.</p>
<p>After Burnley gave away the ball too easily, Hwang scored his ninth goal of the year in the 42nd minute to seal the victory. Matheus Cunha set him up for the goal.</p>
<p>After eight losses in their previous nine games, Burnley is still in second position, while Wolves, who kept a clean sheet for the first time since August, are now in 12th place.</p>
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