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Saturday, August 7, 1999 Published at 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK


Sinclair own-goal saves Arsenal

Dennis Bergkamp clashes with Robbie Savage

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City

Arsenal needed to rely on a bizarre stoppage time own-goal by City's Frank Sinclair to sink Leicester in a gritty encounter at Highbury.

But the match was not without controversy as Leicester striker Emile Heskey was stretchered from the field following a clash with French centre-half Gilles Grimandi.

Heskey was taken to hospital in a neck brace, with his manager Martin O'Neill gesticulating furiously from the sideline - clearly believing his player had been pulled down by his neck.

City also lost veteran defender Steve Walsh with a damaged thigh.

The Gunners have not lost at home in the league since December 1997, but Leicester ran them very close.

Neil Lennon stole the ball from Grimandi near the area and put Steve Guppy in a position to place a perfect low cross for Tony Cottee, who gratefully planted the ball in an empty net.

Dennis Bergkamp struck back on the 65th-minute as he connected with a lob from substitute Gerry Taggart.

He battled through Sinclair to steer the ball into the back of the net past a stranded Tim Flowers, who pulled off some phenomenal saves during a busy game.

The decider came when Kanu returned a wayward Emmanuel Petit corner into the box with less than two minutes to go.

Sinclair fatefully beat Flowers to the ball with a header, nodding the ball into the back of the net to hand the Gunners all three points.

Teams:

Arsenal: Manninger, Dixon, Winterburn, Vieira, Keown, Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Parlour, Petit, Grimandi, Kanu. Subs: Overmars, Henry, Silvinho, Upson, Lukic.

Leicester: Flowers, Sinclair, Walsh, Izzet, Lennon, Heskey, Guppy, Savage, Elliott, Impey, Cottee. Subs: Taggart, Marshall, Arphexad, Oakes, Zagorakis.

Referee: A Wilkie (Chester-le-Street)



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