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August 31, 2014
• 11:00 AM
• King Power Stadium, Leicester, Leicestershire
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 31535
L. Ulloa 22'
A. Sánchez 20'
My name's Ben Cullimore and it's been an absolute pleasure describing all of the action to you today. Until next time, goodbye!
Leicester now go on to play Stoke City after the international break, whilst Arsenal face a tough clash at home to Manchester City in two weeks' time, before an important game against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League three days later. Wenger will be hoping that he has acquired another striker before then, as a Giroud-shaped hole in the starting line-up desperately needs to be filled, and quickly.
As for Arsenal, they will be frustrated with the point, as they will have wanted to claim all three in order to keep the pressure on Chelsea and Swansea City at the top of the table. Giroud's absence was both noticeable and costly, as Sanogo struggled in front of goal, whilst the Gunners also struggled at the back, particularly when having to deal with Leicester's dangerous set-pieces and lofted balls.
Another excellent performance from Leicester means that they have earned themselves an impressive point, one that could have been three if Szczesny wasn't in such inspired form when called upon. The hosts caused Arsenal plenty of problems when attacking, with their pace and power proving too much for the Gunners' back four to deal with on more than one occasion. Leicester defended admirably as well, with Morgan in particular putting in a fantastic shift in the back line to deny Arsenal the opportunity to leave the King Power Stadium with all three points.
FULL-TIME: LEICESTER CITY 1-1 ARSENAL
90' + 3'
Drinkwater finds himself in acres of space 25 yards and decides to fire in a long-range shot, but it flies just wide of Szczesny's left post and surely brings an end to Leicester's final attack of the game.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Liam Moore
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Wojciech Szczesny
90' + 1'
De Laet forces Monreal into sending the ball out for a Leicester corner, which is whipped in towards the penalty spot. Szczesny rushes out to collect the ball and is seemingly brought to the ground by Moore, who then tugs on the Arsenal goalkeeper's shirt whilst he is lying on the ground, earning himself a yellow card.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
Vardy breaks away again through the middle of the Arsenal defence before sending a pass out to Albrighton, who is unmarked on the left wing. He sets himself up before sending a cross into the box, but it's too near to Szczesny he's comfortably able to collect the ball.
Sanchez tries to set up Ramsey with a clever through-ball from just outside the Leicester penalty area but, once again, Morgan is there to save the day for the hosts.
Yellow Card Dean Hammond
Yellow Card Marc Albrighton
The corner is poor and it allows Leicester to break away on a quick counter-attack. Vardy beats Flamini and Monreal in the middle of the pitch before passing to Nugent, who then sends the ball back to the substitute in the middle of the penalty area. He fires of a rocket of a shot towards the goal but Szczesny dives acrobatically and parries it away from danger.
Mertesacker gains possession near the halfway line and passes the ball to Ozil, who is back on the pitch after a few minutes on the sideline. He tries to send the ball into the box but De Laet sticks out a foot and is able to knock it out for yet another Arsenal corner.
With Arsenal down to 10 men for the time being, Leicester are taking the opportunity to push forward. However, the visitors have plenty of bodies back to defend and they are able to shepherd the ball out for a goal-kick.
Ozil is down on the ground and seemingly in some discomfort. Arsenal will have to play with 10 players for the remaining 12 minutes if he is unable to continue.
Both managers have decided to make their final substitutions as they search for a late goal, with Drinkwater coming on for Ulloa for Leicester, and Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain replacing Sanogo and Cazorla for Arsenal.
Once again, Morgan denies Sanogo the opportunity to put his side a goal ahead, sliding in to cut out the danger before Sanchez's cross was able to meet the youngster in the six-yard box.
Cazorla picks up the ball and decides to shoot from just outside of the penalty area, but his effort is deflected out for a corner. The set-piece finally finds Ramsey 30 yards out but his cross is poor and it misses every player inside the Leicester box.
Leicester win a free-kick halfway inside their own half, which is sent up towards Ulloa on the edge of the Arsenal box. He manages to get a head on the ball but it fails to find a blue shirt and it's sent back up towards the halfway line.
Schlupp initially beats Sanchez deep inside the Leicester half of the pitch, but the Chilean tracks back wonderfully and dispossesses the Leicester midfielder before he is able to get too near to the Arsenal penalty area.
Sanogo, again, is handed a great opportunity to head Arsenal into the lead thanks to a wonderful curling cross from Cazorla, but the Frenchman's header ends up clearing the crossbar.
Great play by Arsenal down both wings finally ends up in the centre of the Leicester box, but Sanogo is unable to make contact with the ball, which allows Moore to head towards Schlupp, who sends the ball out for an Arsenal throw-in.
Mahrez breaks away down the right wing on a quick counter-attack that Arsenal are unable to deal with. He then cuts inside to the left before teeing up Ulloa, who turns and sets up Nugent inside the box, but the latter's shot, which was surely heading for the top corner of the goal, is blocked at the vital moment.
Monreal links up well with Sanchez on the left flank before firing a low cross into the heart of the Leicester penalty area. It fails to beat Morgan, however, and the big centre-back is able to slide in before clearing the ball away from danger.
Arsenal are looking a lot stronger in the final third of the pitch now. They break away on yet another swift counter-attack that ends up with Sanogo in front of goal, but Schmeichel rushes out to smother his shot and deny him a first ever Premier League goal.
In almost identical fashion to the earlier goal, Cazorla sends a lovely dinked ball over the top of the Leicester defence that meets the head of Ramsey, but Schmeichel easily saves the Welshman's tame effort.
Great chance for Ulloa! The Argentine skips around Chambers deep inside the Arsenal box before beating Szczesny with a great a shot, but his effort also beats the near post by mere inches.
After Ozil is dispossessed in the middle of the field, Arsenal quickly regain the ball but an attempt at a swift counter-attack is brought to an end by Sanogo, who is flagged offside.
Chambers sends a great long-range pass from the halfway line that ends up with Sanogo just inside the Leicester penalty area. The striker controls the ball before firing it across the face of goal but, unfortunately for the youngster, there isn't a single yellow shirt inside the six-yard box.
Ramsey twists and turns through a sea of blue shirts in the middle of the pitch before teeing up Sanogo on the edge of the penalty area, but the latter's shot is deflected out for a corner, which fails to trouble the Leicester defence.
Leicester immediately break forward after kicking off but Nugent's headed effort isn't powerful enough and fails to beat Szczesny.
And we're off once again!
The two sides are back out on the pitch ahead of the start of the second half.
Arsenal have looked dangerous in the final third of the pitch but are being let down by their final touches, with Sanogo looking increasingly isolated as the half wore on. Leicester have defended well so far but they will be well aware that it is only going to get harder as the game goes on and legs begin to tire.
Arsenal have been made to work extremely hard in the first half, and Leicester could easily have gone into the half-time break a goal ahead after being presented with a plethora of chances. The hosts responded well to going behind and have continued to cause the Arsenal back four plenty of problems, particularly down both flanks, where Debuchy and, in particular, Monreal are struggling to deal with the pace and power of De Laet, Mahrez and Schlupp.
HALF-TIME: LEICESTER CITY 1-1 ARSENAL
45' + 4'
Mahrez gains possession in the middle of the Arsenal half of the pitch and darts into the box before firing towards goal, but his effort is right at Szczesny and it's easily saved.
45' + 3'
Chambers spends far too much time on the ball inside the Arsenal box and is almost dispossessed by Nugent, but he's just about able to keep hold of the ball before firing it as far as he can up the pitch.
45' + 2'
Arsenal are finding it extremely difficult to deal with the physicality of Leicester. Ulloa in particular continues to muscle his way through the Arsenal back four.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be four minutes of added time.
After a lengthy period of Arsenal possession, Cazorla clumsily loses the ball before even more clumsily fouling Nugent near the halfway line.
Monreal clatters into King and Leicester are awarded a free-kick on the right hand side of the Arsenal box. Mahrez takes the set-piece but he sends it too low and it's easily dealt with by the Arsenal defence.
Arsenal earn themselves another free-kick in a good position, and this time Cazorla decides to curl it towards the back post. His attempt is too heavy, however, and it sails into the grateful hands of Schmeichel.
Sanchez breaks away down the left wing before teeing up Ramsey on the edge of the Leicester box. The Welshman tries to send a deft through-ball back to his teammate in the centre of the penalty area but Morgan slides in and fires the ball out for a throw-in.
Two consecutive corners for Leicester both cause problems for Arsenal, who continue to struggle when having to deal with set-pieces. However, the third, which is whipped in to the centre of the box, is dealt with well and Arsenal earn themselves some time to breathe.
Hammond is beaten by Ozil just outside the Leicester penalty area and ends up bringing the Arsenal midfielder down in a dangerous position. Ozil steps up to take the resulting free-kick but it fails to clear the wall.
Arsenal win themselves a corner and Sanchez sends it towards Mertesacker at the near post. The defender is just about able to keep it in play before firing the ball across goal to Sanogo, but the latter's volleyed effort is deflected out for another corner, which fails to result in another shot on goal.
Konchesky sends a lovely ball forward to Nugent, who tries to beat Mertesacker on the edge of the penalty area, but the German sticks a foot out and dispossesses him before he is able to set up Ulloa.
After a frantic few moments, the pace of the game has slowed down somewhat, but Leicester are still causing the Arsenal defence a multitude of problems when they push forward and break away quickly.
Koscielny still seems to be suffering from his earlier head injury and Arsene Wenger has been forced to replace him with Chambers.
Leicester break quickly again, this time down the right wing, and Nugent's attempted cross is deflected out for a corner. It's sent towards the back post but Szczesny, who flaps for the ball and misses it completely, is brought to the ground by several Leicester players and is awarded a free-kick.
Assist Jeff Schlupp
Goal Leonardo Ulloa
GOAL! What a reply from Leicester! Schlupp sends in an absolutely fantastic cross from the left flank that meets the head of Ulloa and flies into the back of the net.
Goal Alexis Sánchez
GOAL! Poor defending allows Cazorla to dink a ball over the top of the Leicester defence and into the path of Sanogo, who is just onside in front of goal. His mistimed shot is saved by Schmeichel but Sanchez is there to fire in the rebound from close range.
Koscielny is back on the pitch, sporting a large, blue bandage-cum-hat and, it seems, a stitch or two.
Great shot by Mahrez! The Algerian twists and turns his way through the depleted Arsenal back line before sending a fantastic low shot that goes just wide of Szczesny's right post.
Koscielny, profusely bleeding from the head, has been taken off the pitch and down the tunnel for further medical inspection. He hasn't been substituted off just yet, meaning that he may return in a few moments.
Schlupp and Koscielny both jump for the same ball and clash heads, leaving the Arsenal defender writhing on the floor in pain. It looks as if he may be able to continue, but the medical staff are on the pitch having a good look at him.
Fantastic defending by Leicester forces Ramsey into shooting from 25 yards out, and his effort takes a big deflection that sends it out for a corner. The resulting set-piece is sent towards Mertesacker at the near post but it fails to find the big German and is instead cleared up the pitch by the Leicester defence.
Again, Leicester attack down the right wing. This time, it's Ulloa that tries to send a cross into the centre of the Arsenal penalty area but his low attempt fails to find a blue shirt. After a few nervy moments, the ball finally finds its way to Schlupp on the opposite flank, but his attempted pass is high and wide and it flies out for a goal-kick.
De Laet breaks away on a fantastic run down the right flank before whipping a cross in towards Ulloa, but the ball is slightly behind him and he's unable to control it as well as he would have liked to, allowing Szczesny to easily save his shot.
Arsenal, unable to find a way through a sea of Leicester shirts, are forced into firing from distance, but Cazorla's shot is poor and Schmeichel is easily able to collect the ball.
Mahrez bursts down the right wing before sending a tricky cross into the heart of the Arsenal box, but it's just about dealt with before being cleared up the pitch and away from danger.
Arsenal regain possession and break away on a swift counter-attack, but Sanogo's first touch on the edge of the penalty area lets him down and the move ends as quickly as it began.
Arsenal are immediately awarded a free-kick after both Schlupp and Nugent clatter into Debuchy just a few seconds into the game.
And we're off! Arsenal get us underway, kicking from right-to-left.
The teams are making their way out onto the pitch ahead of kick-off. The atmosphere at the King Power Stadium is fantastic, with both sets of fans in fine voice.
Nigel Pearson has decided to name an unchanged Leicester City side for a second consecutive game, whilst Arsene Wenger has made two changes to the side that drew against Everton. After occupying the most advanced role last weekend, Sanchez has dropped back into midfield for today's game, allowing Sanogo to make his second start of the season up front. Meanwhile, in defence, Koscielny takes the place of young Chambers, who drops to the substitutes' bench.
Arsenal substitutes: Martinez, Chambers, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Rosicky, Campbell, Podolski.
Arsenal XI (4-1-4-1): Szczesny; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini; Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey, Cazorla; Sanogo.
Leicester City substitutes: Hamer, Cambiasso, Wasilewski, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Vardy, Wood.
Leicester City XI (4-4-2): Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Mahrez, Hammond, King, Schlupp; Ulloa, Nugent.
There's just over 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let's have a look at how the two teams will be lining up today...
As for Arsenal, they have picked up a win and a draw from their first two games of the new Premier League season, and they too have impressed in both clashes, although the recent injury suffered by Olivier Giroud could prove to be costly. The Frenchman scored a late goal in last weekend's narrow draw against Everton but is expected to spend a lengthy period on the sideline, leaving Arsene Wenger in desperate need of a new proven goalscorer to lead the line.
Leicester City are yet to pick up a win this season after two tough opening games against Everton and Chelsea, but the newly-promoted side have shown positive signs in both, with their impressive 2-2 draw against the Toffees on the opening day of the season being the pick of the bunch.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today's Premier League clash between Leicester City and Arsenal. My name is Ben Cullimore and I will be keeping you up-to-date with all of the action from the King Power Stadium.
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