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Leicester City v Arsenal Live Commentary, 11/9/19

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2 - 0
LEI
ARS
J. Vardy (68)
J. Maddison (75)
King Power Stadium

Commentary

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This victory moves Leicester up to second in the table, nine points ahead of the Gunners and level on points with Chelsea. However, Manchester City would move back above them with a victory tomorrow. Next up for the Foxes is a trip to Brighton in two weeks time after the international break. Meanwhile Arsenal remain sixth and they will hope to get back to winning ways next time out, as they welcome Southampton to the Emirates.
Leicester secure a 2-0 victory over the Arsenal at the King Power, after second half goals from Vardy and Maddison wrap up the three points for the Foxes. The hosts did most of the attacking in the second period, with Ndidi striking he crossbar early on, before Vardy broke the deadlock on 68 minutes after a lovely one-two touch move by the Foxes in the final third, with Vardy providing the finish. They then doubled their lead seven minutes later, as Vardy rolled the ball back to Maddison, who fired the ball through the legs of Bellerin and into the back of the net. Arsenal didn't offer anything in attack after going behind and Leicester comfortably saw the game out.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: LEICESTER 2-0 ARSENAL
90' + 2' Arsenal aren't providing anything going forward at the moment, it looks like Leicester are going to wrap up a 2-0 victory.
90' There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played.
Bellerín
Yellow Card
Arsenal
88' Bellerin is booked late on after he fouls Vardy off the ball, as the striker threatened to break away on the counter.
86' Arsenal have lost two of their last three league games against Leicester (W1) – more than they had in their previous 30 against the Foxes (W20 D9 L1).
84' No signs of an Arsenal comeback at the moment, they haven't tested Schmeichel since going behind and the Foxes appear to be seeing the game out.
82' It's just the home supporters you can hear inside the King Power now, they'll be delighted by this performance from their side, who look very comfortable.
J. Willock
L. Torreira
Arsenal
80' Another Arsenal change, with Torreira the man coming off and he has been replaced by Willock.
79' There's just over 10 minutes remaining for Arsenal to try and salvage something out of the game, but they need to pull a goal back sooner rather than later. No signs of anything coming at the moment.
N. Pépé
R. Holding
Arsenal
77' Arsenal now make their first substitution, with Holding coming off and he has been replaced by Pepe.
J. Vardy
Assist
Leicester City
75' Vardy just rolls the ball back to Maddison, who fires it straight into the back of the net, it whizzes off the surface, giving Leno no chance.
J. Maddison
Goal
Leicester City
75' GOOOAAALLL! Maddison doubles Leicester's lead, it's 2-0! This time Vardy turns provider, after Tielemans finds the striker and it lays it back to Maddison on the edge of the box, who drills the ball through the legs of Bellerin and straight into the bottom left-hand corner of the net, with Leno not moving.
D. Praet
H. Barnes
Leicester City
74' Another Leicester change now, with Barnes coming off and he has been replaced by Praet.
72' CHANCE! Gray sprints through the Arsenal defence, with the Gunners dropping deeper and deeper, he lays it off to Vardy out wide, who smashes the ball towards goal, but Leno stands up firm at the near post and makes a good save.
70' What a record this is, Vardy has now scored nine goals in his nine Premier League starts against Arsenal.
Y. Tielemans
Assist
Leicester City
68' Superb one-two touch football from Leicester, with Tielemans playing the clincial final ball into Vardy's path, who found space as Chambers and Holding dropped off.
J. Vardy
Goal
Leicester City
68' GOOOAAALLL! Vardy breaks the deadlock and Leicester lead 1-0! It's a lovely move by the Foxes, with Pereira playing a quick cross to Barnes on the edge of the box, who then flicks it to Tielemans, who then lays it off to Vardy in the box, he slides it past Leno and into the back of the net.
66' Decent effort! Gray gets involved for the first time in a Leicester attack and he drills a low shot towards the Arsenal goal, but it's straight at Leno, who makes a comfortable save.
64' It's still goalless here after an hour played. The weather conditions are very poor in Leicester, it's chucking it down, which is making the ball zip quickly along the surface.
62' Good defending! Pereira has to get back and make a vital block to deny Aubameyang a shooting opportunity. The striker just got in-behind the Leicester defence and was about to fire a shot towards goal.
D. Gray
Ayoze Pérez
Leicester City
60' Leicester have made the first substitution of the game, with Perez the man coming off and he has been replaced by Gray.
58' Since beating Manchester City at the Etihad in January 2015, Arsenal have failed to win any of their 11 away Premier League matches against teams starting the day in the top-three of the division (W0 D3 L8).
56' GOAL RULED OUT! Aubameyang has the ball in the back of the net, after Kolasinac finds the striker in behind and he races through, sliding it past Schmeichel and into the back of the net. However, the flag goes up for offside straight away and it's ruled out, with VAR agreeing with the decision.
J. Evans
Yellow Card
Leicester City
55' The first yellow card of the game is shown to Evans for his late challenge on Ozil. The game is allowed to continue, but the referee still shows the Leicester centre-back a yellow card when the ball next goes out of play.
54' The game is opening up now, it's end-to-end stuff at the King Power. Who will be the one to break the deadlock? Bellerin has just gone close after driving forward and no-one closes him down, so he goes for goal, but it flies wide.
53' Arsenal are just starting to keep the ball now and force Leicester back into doing some defending of their own. However, they are still making mistakes at the back and are handing it straight back to their opponents.
51' David Luiz gets up from the back, he drives forward and unleashes a curling effort towards goal, but it flies well wide of the Leicester goal.
49' OFF THE BAR! So close for Leicester as Ndidi strikes the crossbar! The Foxes kept hold of the ball and worked it back into the box, Pereira sprints past Torreira down the right, who gets beaten far too easily and he then drags it back to Ndidi, who was in plenty of space, but his effort strikes the bar and bounces away.
48' Bright start here by Leicester, they are keeping the ball well early in the second half. Barnes does well down the left, he chips a ball into the penalty area, but it's too deep for Perez to reach.
46' The second half is under way!
A few of the Leicester chances have started after mistakes by Arsenal, playing out from the back and playing sloppy passes and Vardy, Perez and Tielemans have almost capitalised. It's been an entertaining game, just lacking the goals.
It's goalless at the break between Leicester and Arsenal, despite both teams having plenty of chances to open the scoring in the first half. Leicester will argue that they should've had a penalty early on, after Guendouzi put his arm on the shoulder of Soyuncu and the Foxes centre-back went down deep inside the box, but nothing was given by VAR. Lacazette has had the best chances for Arsenal, missing two really good opportunities from close range, putting them wide of the goal, when he should really have been testing Schmeichel.
45' HALF-TIME: LEICESTER 0-0 ARSENAL
44' Leicester have won eight of their last 11 home Premier League games (W8 D2 L1), including their last four in a row; the Foxes have only won five in a row once previously, doing so in May 2017 under Craig Shakespeare.
42' Not too far away! Maddison takes the free-kick and it ripples the top of the net, with Leno stood watching it, he wasn't getting anywhere near that.
41' Free-kick to Leicester in a very good shooting position after Torreira slides in and catches Maddison late around 25 yards out. Maddison is standing over it...
39' There's just a few minutes remaining on the clock now before the end of the first half, can either side break the deadlock before the half-time whistle?
37' Wide! Tielemans with a good volley from the edge of the box after Maddison's corner delivery, but it strikes Ndidi and goes wide of the Arsenal goal. Ndidi was also in an offside position, so the flag goes up straight away anyway.
35' Bellerin isn't having an easy time at right-back today in his first league start since January, he's struggling to cope with Barnes and Chilwell down the wing and has been caught out a couple of times with sloppy passes.
33' Excellent defending! Chambers does brilliantly to deny Vardy a tap in at the far post. Perez plays a superb cross into the box and Chambers has to slide in, whilst facing his own goal and nick the ball away from Vardy, who would surely of converted from there.
32' We're past the half an hour mark now and it remains goalless at the King Power between Leicester and Arsenal, but we haven't been short of entertainment and chances for both teams.
30' The referee tries to play the advantage after Aubameyang fouls Chilwell, but Leicester don't get anywhere with it and he pulls it back for a free-kick in a good position. However, the delivery is poor and Leno gathers at the far post.
28' The pace of the game has dropped slightly in the last few minutes, with Leicester just controlling possession and the Gunners currently have everyone back behind the ball.
26' Not too far away! Bellerin plays a sloppy pass to David Luiz and he can't reach it just outside the penalty area and Vardy picks it up, he lays it off to Perez, who fires a shot at goal, but it flies over the crossbar.
25' Vardy has scored eight goals in his eight Premier League starts against Arsenal. This includes three braces against the Gunners – no player has scored 2+ goals in more different Premier League games against Arsenal (Didier Drogba also 3).
23' Blocked! A mistake by Holding leads to a quick counter by Leicester, with Vardy drilling the ball across the box and it's met by Tielemans, but his shot is well blocked by Bellerin.
22' It looks like Lacazette is playing as the main striker up top for Arsenal, with Ozil and Aubameyang sitting just behind him.
20' Good chance! Aubameyang does brilliantly down the right wing, he drags the ball back to Lacazette, who has his first shot blocked, but it comes back to him a few seconds later and this time it heads towards goal, but it lacks the pace to beat Schmeichel, who makes a comfortable save.
19' The hosts are just edging the possession charts now, with Arsenal having to sit deep and soak up a bit of pressure. However, it has been a very even game so far.
17' Good quick throw-in by Leicester, they catch Arsenal off guard and Perez gets down the right wing, dragging the ball back from the touchline, looking for Vardy, but it's well cut out by Chambers and the danger is cleared.
16' After the strong start we've had here, there should be a few goals as both teams look very good and dangerous in attack.
14' HOW DID HE MISS? Lacazette with a superb chance to put Arsenal ahead from just a few yards out. Both Aubameyang and Lacazette go for it after a bit of a scramble deep inside the box, following Bellerin's cross and the French striker then tries to curl the ball into the bottom right-hand corner, but he somehow puts it wide of the post.
12' Leicester have won their last two Premier League home games against Arsenal – they’ve never beaten the Gunners in three consecutive home top-flight matches.
10' The ball goes straight out of play, but Soyuncu goes down at the far post after Guendouzi puts an arm on his shoulder. VAR take a look at it and allow the referee's decision to stand, nothing given. There is certainly contact and a tug from the Arsenal man, not sure how VAR have brushed that away so quickly.
9' Free-kick to Leicester in a very good position after Torreira fouls Maddison around 25 yards out and Chilwell is going to deliver it into the box...
8' Leicester win the first corner of the game, which Maddison delivers into the box but his team-mates all go towards the near post and Leno comfortably gathers it in the air as it drifts past them all.
7' Almost! Lovely play by Arsenal down the right as Aubameyang drifts out to the wing, he pulls the ball back to Lacazette in the six-yard box, but the striker pokes the ball wide from close range, with Ozil also trying to get to it, but he was in an offside position.
5' It looks like Arsenal are shaping up with a back three of Chambers, Holding and David Luiz, with Bellerin and Kolasinac providing the width down the wings for the Gunners.
3' Both teams are just easing into the game at the moment, neither side are able to keep the ball and mount any attacks just yet. There is a cracking atmosphere inside the King Power Stadium though.
1' We're under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all of the match action!
There are three changes for Arsenal today, with Sokratis, Tierney and Dani Ceballos dropping out of the team, they've been replaced by Bellerin, who is making his first start since January after recently returning from injury. Holding and Kolasinac also feature in the starting line-up.
No changes for Leicester today, they name the same starting XI that beat Palace last weekend, with Ndidi sitting just in front of a back four and then the attacking players of Maddison and Perez have a chance to get forward and not worry about tracking back too much.
ARSENAL SUBS: Emiliano Martinez, Kieran Tierney, Sokratis, Nicolas Pepe, Joe Willock, Gabriel Martinelli.
ARSENAL (4-3-1-2): Bernd Leno; Hector Bellerin, David Luiz, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac; Matteo Guendouzi, Calum Chambers, Lucas Torreira; Mesut Ozil; Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
LEICESTER SUBS: Danny Ward, James Justin, Wes Morgan, Demarai Gray, Marc Albrighton, Hamza Choudhury, Dennis Praet.
LEICESTER (4-1-4-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans, Ben Chilwell; Wilfred Ndidi; Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes; Jamie Vardy.
The Gunners are winless in their last six games in all competitions, suffering defeats against Sheffield United and Liverpool and four draws, their last victory came over a month ago against Bournemouth, meaning they have now dropped down to sixth position.
Leicester have secured three consecutive victories in the Premier League, over Burnley, Southampton and Crystal Palace, to move up to fourth in the table and six points above today's opponents.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Premier League clash between Leicester City and Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.