Luton Town 3-4 Arsenal - 3 talking points as Rice saves Gunners' skin

Arsenal was made to work for their win against Luton Town with Declan Rice sparing the Gunners' blushes with a late winner.

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Arsenal managed to scrape past Luton Town 4-3 thanks to a late Declan Rice winner that saw the Gunners' lead at the Premier League summit extend.

Well, for those hoping for an easy time of it against Luton Town, Arsenal sure made things difficult for themselves. After a rather cagey opening, the game burst into life in the 20th minute as Gabriel Martinelli latched onto Bukayo Saka's cutback to give the Gunners the lead.

However, that would last just five minutes as the hosts equalized through Gabriel Osho, but just before halftime, Gabriel Jesus got on the end of a delicious Ben White cross to restore the lead.

But after halftime... the chaos began.

Luton levelled matters after David Raya came for a ball he got nowhere near and Elijah Adebayo was on hand to put it into the net, and then Raya was at fault as Ross Barkley's shot somehow got underneath him and the home side was in front.

Luckily, the Gunners leveled virtually straight away after some nice work from Jesus as he put through Kai Havertz (another goal) and the German dinked it over the onrushing Thomas Kaminski.

Arsenal were all gas, no breaks as it hunted for the winner, which came with the last kick of the ball as Declan Rice latched onto a delicious Martin Odegaard cross to send the visiting fans into raptures.

Luton Town 3-4 Arsenal - 3 talking points as Rice saves Gunners' skin

The game provided plenty of talking points; here they are.

1. Time for the David Raya experiment to end

The Spaniard couldn't do anything about Luton's first goal, but the second, which he tried to come and claim but got nowhere near the ball, and the third that saw Barkley's shot go underneath him, he was all at sea. Things haven't been clicking for Raya of late, and now Mikel Arteta has a decision to make.

Aaron Ramsdale is waiting patiently for a chance to reclaim the No. 1 jersey and now seems like the perfect time to make a change. If not now, then when?

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