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Arsenal 3:1 Leicester City

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After a great first half showing City were well beaten by Arsenal at The Emirates on Tuesday night…

Claude Puel, two days away from completing a year in charge of City, made one change to his side, with Evans in for the suspended Morgan. He also switched to a 3-5-2, Vardy and Iheanacho operating down the channels.
His side started the game on top and carried that on until just before the break.
In the 2nd minute Iheanacho sent a shot over the bar, when a square ball to Vardy might have been a better option. Four minutes later City threatened again, but Leno managed to palm away Iheanacho’s curling effort. Then a clever ball forward from Iheanacho almost sent Vardy in but Leno came racing off his line to clear.
In the 15th minute Xhaka fouled Maddison 25 yards out, but his free-kick sailed over the bar. Another foul, as Arsenal struggled to contain City, saw Holding go into the book for holding Iheanacho back.
Two minutes later Holding was very fortunate not to get a red card when he clearly handled the ball in the area. Referee Chris Kavanagh waved play on and Puel fumed in his technical area.
Maddisson then launched a free-kick into the area and Maguire’s header was tipped away by Leno.
In a rare Arsenal attack Lacazette sent a well-struck effort narrowly over, but City soon hit back, with Vardy inches away from getting his head to a Ricardo cross.
City’s pressure paid off in the 31st minute when they took the lead their play had deserved. Ndidi sent Chilwell down the left and he cut into the area before what looked like a cross deflected off Bellerin and deceived Leno. Sadly for Chilwell it had to go down as an own goal.
Arsenal had a chance for an instant reply a minute later but Schmeichel tipped Xhaka’s free-kick over the bar at full stretch.
Xhaka sent another free-kick wide as Arsenal began to get a grip on the game towards the break. Iwobi almost got onto the end of a long ball forward, but Schmeichel raced off his line to gather.
Just when City looked to have weathered this late spell of pressure, the Gunners equalised in the 45th minute. Özil, who had done virtually nothing to this point, suddenly burst into life, feeding Bellerín down the right and continuing his run into the area, guiding the return pass in via the left hand post with a sublime touch.

If ever there was a game of two halves this was it, as City spent most of the second half chasing shadows. Five minutes in, a sloppy Mendy backpass set Lacazette up with a shot that Amartey did well to block. Mkhitaryan’s acrobatic connection with the rebound flew wide.
Despite the one way traffic towards Schmeichel’s goal City went close in the 58th minute, when a Maddison corner was headed against the bar by Ndidi, but five minutes later City went behind. Özil played Bellerin in on the right and his cross provided Aubameyang with a tap in. He had been on the field for two minutes, with Albrighton replacing Iheanacho at the same time.
City, unrecognisable from the first half, were being run ragged now and Ricardo and Albrighton both picked up yellow cards before Arsenal struck again in the 66th minute.
Özil played a clever dummy, Lacazette set him up with a pass, and the German set up Aubameyang, for a second tap in in three minutes.
Puel brought Ghezzal on for Ricardo, and then Okazaki for Maddison, but it was just rearranging the deckchairs by this stage, with the game gone.
Schmeichel managed to block Lacazette from point blank range to keep the score down, but Arsenal cruised to their tenth consecutive victory with second half possession stats of 81%.
The sorry evening seemed to be summed up when City played the last six minutes without Vardy, who had jogged off down the tunnel.

As good as Arsenal were, City had once again failed to play well for a whole game.
It is 45 years since City won at Arsenal, and on the second half showing it could be another 45 before they do so again.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerín, Mustafi, Holding, Lichtsteiner (Aubameyang 61), Torreira, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan (Guendouzi 61), Özil (Ramsey 80). Iwobi, Lacazette.
Substitutes: Welbeck, Martínez, Medley, Smith-Rowe.
Leicester: Schmeichel: Amartey, Maguire, Evans, Ricardo (Ghezzal 69), Mendy, Ndidi, Chilwell, Maddison (Okazaki 75), Iheanacho (Albrighton 61), Vardy (withdrawn 87).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Ward, Iborra, Fuchs.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh. Attendance: 59,886.

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Leicester break Arsenal jinx with end of season show

Leicester City 3:1 Arsenal 

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City produced a fine performance in the final home game of the season, with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal…

With City looking for their first league win over Arsenal since 1994, Claude Puel made three changes to his starting line-up with Jakupovic, Simpson and Iheanacho in for  Hamer, Benalouane and Iborra.
Before the game we said farewell to Robert Huth, who is not having his contract renewed after a season out with injury. His immense contribution to the Great Escape and the Premier League title will never be forgotten.

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After six home games without a win, expectations weren’t high for this game and Arsenal (without an away win in 2018) controlled the opening stage with some neat passing moves. Mkhitaryan got in an early shot straight at Jakupovic, but the keeper was given a more severe test by Iwobi in the 6th minute when he got down to tip a toe-poked effort round the post.
City broke upfield in the 10th minute when great work from Choudhury, set up Iheanacho, who neatly side-stepped his marker but then lost his footing.
Two minutes later City broke away again and Silva sent Vardy through, but his shot was well saved by Cech.
City then delighted the home crowd who had a goal to celebrate at long last.
In the 14th minute. After a spell of pressure, Fuchs launched a cross beyond the far post, Diabaté sent a neat header back into the area and Iheanacho delivered a measured left-footer through a crowd of defenders and past Cech.

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The KPS was instantly revived and a minute later City were nearly through again. Iheanacho was in on goal when Mavropanos brought him down, and was judged to be the last man, leaving Arsenal with 10 men for 75 minutes.

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Mahrez curled the resulting free-kick in and Maguire attempted a side-foot finish from close range, but Cech tipped it over the bar.
City were rampant now and Iheanacho fired a shot from the edge of the area, but Cech came to the Gunners rescue again.
Diabaté then made good progress down the left before whipping in a cross that was a couple of inches away from Vardy’s boot.
With City in control of the game Arsenal had a rare attack in the 35th minute when Jakupovic produced a fine save to guide a Mkhitaryan shot round the base of the post. Along with some excellent distribution, the keeper was having a fine Premier League debut for City.
In the 38th minute Silva curved a low free-kick round the wall, but Cech tipped it away at full stretch. City broke forward again, but Iheanacho’s angled drive saw the over-worked Cech saving again.
The half-time joy that City had played so well was temepered by the fact that they hadn’t scored more goals from so many chances. And Arsenal came out for the second half in more determined mood.

Two minutes into the second half Kolasinac found space down the left but his shot from an acute angle thumped against the post.
City were soon pouring forward again. A good run from Mahrez set up Vardy, but the offside flag denied City a second goal.
Diabaté then raced into space down the left, but his shot had the sting taken out of it by Cech’s block, allowing for an easy goal line clearance.
For all City’s chances, it was Arsenal who got the next goal in the 53rd minute.
Aubameyang’s well struck volley was brilliantly saved by Jakupovic from close range, but he had no chance when Aubameyang followed up to lash the ball into the roof of the net.
A now open game was end-to-end for a while. Diabaté fired a shot over the bar, and Fuchs also went close, before Mkhitaryan blasted an effort just over the angle of post and bar.
Claude Puel made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing Gray on for Diabaté, and it soon reaped its reward.
Gray beat his man down the right and sent in a low cross which was cleared straight back to him, but as he took possession Mkhitaryan caught him from behind and the ref pointed to the spot amid furious protests.
Vardy sent Cech the wrong way, smashing it left to regain City’s lead.

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Simpson had to limp out of the action in the 82nd minute, replaced by Dragovic, as City attempted to see the game out. But there was one more moment of magic to come.
A superb ball from Choudhury capped a brilliant night’s work for him and sent Mahrez down the right. In what will surely be his last home appearance for City he sent his marker into the car park with a swift change of direction before guiding the ball round the grounded Cech for another wonderful finish.

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Five minutes of time-added-on passed without drama and City’s home schedule finished on a very high note after months of disappointment.
In contrast to Saturday, a large majority of the crowd stayed on to applaud the side off the pitch for what had been a great effort.
There was even a chant for Arsène Wenger, who had lost to Leicester for the first time in his long Arsenal career.
9th place was secured and we were left thinking that it hadn’t been too bad a season after all.

Leicester: Jakupovic, Simpson (Dragovic 82), Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Choudhury, Silva, Diabaté (Gray 72), Vardy, Iheanacho (Barnes 88).
Substitutes: Hamer, Iborra, Benalouane, Thomas.
Arsenal: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Mavropanos, Kolasinac, Iwobi (Nketia 84), Xhaka, Ramsey, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Welbeck (Mustafi 19).
Substitutes: Mertesacker, Ospina, Nelson, Osei-Tutu, Willock.
Referee: G Scott. Attendance: 32,095.

ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Leicester lose out in opening night thriller

Arsenal 4:3 Leicester City

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Despite twice taking the lead, City went home with nothing from a thrilling season curtain-raiser at the Emirates, suffering a late collapse and losing 4-3 to Arsenal…

The last City player to score a winner at Arsenal was Mike Stringfellow, in 1973, so this trip is always made more in hope than expectation.
With Huth, Iborra and Drinkwater ruled out through injury, and Iheanacho not quite up to match fitness, it was difficult to argue with Craig Shakespeare’s first starting line-up of the season. Maguire made his debut in defence, and James started his first game for City in over two years.
However, less than two minutes into the 2017-18 season City found themselves a goal down. Elneny curled a cross into the area, and an unmarked Lacazette had time and space to direct a header past Scmeichel from ten yards.
But City responded well and were level just three minutes later. Albrighton swung in a cross from the left, Maguire nodded it back across from the goalline and Okazaki leapt the highest to head past Cech from close in.
In a lively opening spell there were chances for Oxlade-Chamberlain and Vardy as play swept from end to end.
A good passing move from Arsenal then ended with Welbeck having a goalbound shot blocked by Maguire.
Arsenal had the upper hand by this stage and threatened again when Kolasinac fired in a shot which Schmeichel tipped away at the near post.
But it was City who took a 29th minute lead with a classic break. Albrighton hared down the left and delivered a cross into the goalmouth, which Vardy sidefooted home from four yards, having slipped between two defenders.

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City pressed forward again, and this time it was Fuchs who delivered a good cross from the left, Okazaki going inches wide with his header.
Loud appeals for a penalty were turned down by referee Mike Dean who recognised that Kolasinac had been a yard away when he struck the ball at Ndidi’s arm.
But City didn’t make it to half time with their lead. After a scramble on the edge of the area Arsenal passed their way through City’s back line, but with the entire City defence appealing for offside, Kolasinac squared for Welbeck who steered the ball past Schmeichel from close range with seconds of the half remaining.

The second half started in more pedestrian fashion than the first, and City created the first real chance when a good ball forward from Mahrez saw Vardy outpacing two defenders, but Cech had timed his run well to come out and sweep up.
Vardy didn’t have long to wait for his second goal of the season, as City regained the lead in the 56th minute. Mahrez delivered a corner from the right and Vardy took advantage of slack marking to rise and direct a header in at the far post.

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Arsenal began to press forward and Schmeichel blocked a long range effort from Oxlade-Chamberlain and then smothered an effort from Bellerin at his near post.
The pressure then increased when Arsene Wenger introduced  Ramsey and Giroud to the action. Ramsey immediatley went close with a header, under pressure from Fuchs.
Craig Shakespeare made his first change in the 72nd minute, bringing on Amartey for Okazaki, before Ozil and Oxlade-Chamberlain both sent shots narrowly wide of the left hand post.
City were fighting a rearguard action, which Shakespeare attempted to relieve by bringing on Iheanacho for James, to give City more presence up front. But it appeared to backfire with the home side equalising in the 83rd minute.
A blatant handball from Ozil wasn’t seen by the referee and from the resulting corner Ramsey was allowed too much space on the right and had time to line up a shot past Schmeichel to level the game.
Worse was to follow two minutes later when Arsenal went ahead, Giroud winning a battle with Maguire to head home from a corner.
It was a heart-breaker for City and their followers, and despite throwing everything forward in five minutes of time added on, they couldn’t find a way through.

The winless run away to Arsenal now stretches to 44 years, but there was plenty to be optimistic about with this performance.

Craig Shakerspeare commented:  “We spoke about being compact and being a threat with the pace of Vardy. We executed that well. We’re disappointed to score three and come away with a defeat.”

Arsenal: Cech, Holding (Giroud 67), Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerín, Elneny (Ramsey 67), Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Welbeck (Walcott 75), Lacazette.
Subs Not Used: Ospina, Iwobi, Mustafi, Coquelin.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James (Iheanacho 82), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray 88), Okazaki (Amartey 72), Vardy.
Substitutes: Chilwell, King, Hamer, Slimani.

Referee: M Dean. Attendance: 59,387.

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Arsenal Jinx Continues for Leicester

Arsenal 1:0 Leicester City

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Arsenal made it ten home league wins in a row against Leicester, with a bit of outrageous fortune at the Emirates on Wednesday night…

Craig Shakepeare made a couple of changes for a fixture that hasn’t yielded a point for City since 1994-95, with Huth in for Morgan and Ulloa replacing Okazaki up front.
And they got off to a decent start against a hesitant looking Arsenal, carving out the first chance of the game in the 7th minute. Albrighton pounced on a wayward ball from Sanchez and nudged a ball inside for Vardy, but his shot found the side-netting.
Arsenal’s first real chance arrived on the quarter hour when Schmeichel had to be sharp to tip a well-struck Coquelin strike round the post.
The game settled into a pattern of City sitting back and Arsenal unable to do much with their possession, but the the visitors should have gone ahead in the 22nd minute.
A Fuchs long-throw sat up nicely for Mahrez but his thumping volley from 8 yards was too close to Cech who reacted very well to tip it over the bar

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Arsenal were struggling to make a dent in City’s backline, until Walcott burst into life in the 27th minute and jinked his way past a couple of challenges before prodding a chance to the near post which Schmeichel blocked.
From the resulting corner Fuchs produced an agile hooked clearance to deny Monreal a tap in.

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City were now pinned in their own half, but Arsenal’s final ball was still letting them down and the crowd’s frustration grew.
There was a near miss for each side before the break. Mahrez  beat Gabriel, but fired his shot wide, while Sanchez out ran Simpson along the 18 yard line, before launching a dipping shot against the crossbar.

The second half brought an early chance for Ndidi from a Fuchs throw, but he couldn’t get enough on his header to trouble Cech.
At the other end Huth produced a fine saving tackle to deny Sanchez a great chance from a Bellerin through ball.
A  Xhaka shot then deflected off Huth, but Schmeichel managed to adjust in time to save.
City continued to frustrate their hosts, Koscielny got his head to a corner but sent it straight at Schmeichel.
Then both managers opted to change things. Shakespeare brought Okazaki on for Ulloa, while Arsene Wenger introduced Welbeck, and then Giroud and Ramsey.
City had a good chance in the 76th minute when Okazaki teed up Vardy inside the area, but he was off balance and sent a tame shot at Cech.
A minute later City went close again, Okazaki closing in on goal down the right before Gabriel managed to get in the way and block him five yards out.
Arsenal began to up the pressure, desperately seeking a winner, but City appeared to be fairly comfortable at the back… until the 86th minute.
There didn’t appear to be much danger from a Monreal shot that was heading well wide, before it glanced off Huth’s chest and span into the bottom right hand corner.
It was cruel luck for City, who pressed forward in search of a late equaliser.

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Tempers became frayed in time added on as Sanchez stood directly in front of Fuchs as he attempted a long throw. Referee Mike Jones didn’t force him back the two yards and Fuchs eventually bounced the ball off Sanchez’s shoulder. He went down clutching his face, but thankfully Jones booked the Chilean, rather than Fuchs who was already on a yellow. He also awarded a fre-kick, which led to a scramble in the Arsenal area which was eventually cleared.
That was City’s last chance, and for the tenth time in a row they came home from Arsenal pointless.

Craig Shakespeare summed up: “We had to show a lot of different attributes today, defend, put our bodies on the line, which I think we did for 85 minutes, but lady luck wasn’t with us, losing to a deflected shot. To not come away with a point, having put in that type of resilient performance, was disappointing.”

Arsenal: Cech, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerín, Coquelin (Ramsey 75), Xhaka, Gibbs (Welbeck 68), Walcott (Giroud 75), Özil, Sánchez. Subs Not Used: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Iwobi, Martinez, Elneny
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Benalouane, (Gray), Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton, Vardy, Ulloa (Okazaki 70). Subs Not Used: Chilwell, Musa, King, Amartey, Zieler.
Referee: M Jones. Attendance: 59,829.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester and Arsenal draw a blank

Leicester City 0:0 Arsenal

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Last year’s 1st and 2nd placed teams cancelled each other at the KPS on Saturday evening, though City had a stonewall penalty denied them in the 88th minute…

Claudio Ranieri made four changes to his starting line-up with Huth, Mendy, Okazaki and Albrighton in for Hernandez, King, Gray and Musa.
The City team were greeted onto the field by another superb Union FS tifo display, declaring ‘Champions of England’.

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Arsenal started well, and Sanchez and Cazorla both had shots blocked early on.
After a further spell of Arsenal possession without much threat, Morgan got a vital touch to a Bellerin cross with Walcott waiting to pounce in front of goal.
In the 26th minute Oxlade-Chamberlain made space for himself, cutting in from the left before curling a decent effort inches wide of the right hand post.
At the other end Vardy showed a burst of pace that set Albrighton up, but his cross was cleared.
On the half hour Cazorla delivered a free-kick from the left wing which beat everyone and was heading for the top right hand corner before Schmeichel tipped it over.
Three minutes before the break the home crowd were roaring for a penalty.
A cleverly angled ball from Mahrez sent Vardy in on goal down the right. Cech was out smartly to block, and the loose ball fell to  Drinkwater who appeared to be tripped by Koscielny, but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.
Goalless at the break.

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Although no subs were introduced for the second half, Ranieri was soon forced into a change when Mendy went over awkwardly on his ankle. After some treatment the debutante tried to carry on, but it was immediately clear that he couldn’t and he was replaced by King.
City were the better side at this stage, and Mahrez went past Coquelin with a brilliant stepover but was crudely brought down. Clattenburg didn’t deem the offence worthy of a second yellow and Mahrez’s curling free-kick brushed the crossbar.
Bellerin then sent a long range effort straight at Schmeichel.
The 67th minute saw City’s second substitution, with Okazaki, who had run himself into the ground, replaced by Ulloa.
City continued to press forward: Albrighton tackled Xhaka and sent Vardy in down the right. He bore down on goal but fired wide under pressure from Koscielny.
Gunners sub Ozil then beat Fuchs with a neat swivel down the right, but Walcott’s shot didn’t test Schmeichel.
Ozil’s introduction turned the game in Arsenal’s favour, with too much activity round City’s goalmouth for comfort, but sterling work from Simpson and Morgan kept them at bay.

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The game turned again on a City substitution, when Musa came on for Albrighton and injected new momentum into the game.
He did enough the seal the points with two minutes to go, racing past Bellerin down the left and heading for goal before the defender tripped him from behind. It was as clear a penalty as you could ever hope to see, but Clattenburg, with a clear view of the incident, inexplicably waved play on.
There was one more chance for City in time added on, when Mahrez capped a fine run with a shot saved by Cech. The rebound didn’t quite fall to Musa, who hesitated too long and the chance was gone.

This was a great improvement on last week’s performance and only Mark Clattenburg knows why City didn’t get a late chance to claim three points from the penalty spot.
Typically Ranieri refused to place the blame elsewhere:
“I am not a manger who says: ‘That was a penalty,’ that is crying. For me it is OK, the referee made a very good performance and for me a penalty is when the referee whistles. He didn’t whistle, so it wasn’t. They kept more possession. They were very dangerous, but not with the clear chance. We kept less possession, but we know this. But we created a lot more clear chances to win the match. It was unlucky. But I am very happy for our spirit, for the union of the team.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mendy (King 53), Drinkwater, Mahrez, Albrighton (Musa 86), Okazaki (Ulloa 67), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Hernandez, Amartey, Zieler, Gray.

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Bellerin, Coquelin, Walcott, Sanchez, Xhaka (Wilshere 73), Cazorla (Ozil 73), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Giroud 78). Subs Not Used: Gibbs, Ospina, Chambers, Elneny.

Referee: M Clattenburg. Attendance: 32,008.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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Jamie Vardy pledges future to Leicester City

Jamie Vardy will not be going to Arsenal, or anywhere else, this summer. LCFC.com broke the good news this morning with a brief statement:

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“Leicester City have today (Thursday) agreed with the representatives of Jamie Vardy to extend the England international’s contract with the Premier League champions for a further four years. Both parties hope that this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future and confirm his long term commitment to Leicester City Football Club.”

An Arsenal bid activated a release clause in his contract, just three days before the 29 year old departed for Euro 2016, with the Gunners thought to be offering him £120,000 a week.
It is thought that Leicester have upped his weekly wage to £100,000 to hang on to one of their hottest properties.

Hopefully this will be an example that will be followed by Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and anyone else the big clubs come knocking for.

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Last minute agony for Leicester at the Emirates

Arsenal 2:1 Leicester City

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Ten-man City came within seconds of earning a point at the Emirates on Sunday…

Claudio Ranieri was able to name an unchanged side for the the fifth game running, for this top of the table clash at Arsenal on Sunday.
There was an early spell of pressure for the Gunners which ended with Sanchez sending the ball narrowly wide from an Oxlade-Chamberlain corner.
City, chiefly though the work of the fantastic Kanté, then got a grip of proceedings. The quarter hour mark saw chances at both ends. Ramsey looked favourite to reach a through ball before Schmeichel came haring out of his goal, like a purple streak, to win the race and clear. City pressed forward and Albrighton chipped into the area where Vardy beat Koscielny in the air, but Cech got down smartly to save his downward header on the line.
Play continued to move from end to end  – Giroud had a shot blocked by Morgan, and then  Kanté delivered a curling shot that was clawed away by Cech.
Morgan, perhaps having one of his finest games in a Leicester shirt, then blocked a Sanchez effort, before Giroud headed narrowly over from a corner.
Giroud’s next header found the net, but the linesman’s flag for offside curtailed the home fans’ celebrations.

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A minute before the break City delighted their followers taking the lead from the penalty spot. With the Arsenal fans appealing for a foul by Morgan on Ozil (something they had done for most of the half), City broke swiftly forward. Referee Atkinson waved play on after Kanté was floored and then Vardy burst into the penalty area where Monreal blocked his progress. The ref pointed to the spot and Vardy rattled the spot-kick home, sending Cech the wrong way.

The second half began in the same high-octane fashion as the first, and a key moment soon arrived. Simpson was booked for no more than a failure to get out of Sanchez’s way. The Chilean waved an imaginary yellow card and the ref obliged.
Mahrez then went over in the box after being clipped by Monreal’s knee, but play was waved on.
The moment that would change the game arrived in the 54th minute. In an Arsenal attack down the right, Simpson pulled Giroud back by the arm. It was more of a yellow card than the first, and City were down to ten men.
Ranieri reorganised, bringing Wasilewski on for Mahrez, but not before the departing Algerian international was violently shoved with both hands by Coquelin. The referee took no action, though it was worse than either of Simpson’s offences.
Under increasing pressure City held out until the 70th minute. A Bellerin cross was nodded down by Giroud for substitute Walcott, who nipped in sharply to beat Schimeichel and level the game.
City’s ten men put in a Titanic effort in the closing stages, as chances for Ramsey, Sanchez, Giroud, Mertesacker and Welbeck came and went. It was unrelenting pressure with only one more chance on the break for City, which Vardy fired straight at Cech.
As City saw out the four minutes of time added on, Schmeichel continuing to defy Arsenal’s string of chances, it looked as though they had earned a vital point.
But then Wasilewski committed a needless foul 30 yards out. Ozil delivered a precise free-kick into the danger area and substitute Welbeck, sent a glancing header beyond Schmeichel’s reach to give Arsenal the victory with seconds to go.
It was a cruel way to go down, and Arsenal’s gamesmanship may have left a sour taste in the mouth, but City remained in top spot and could only learn from this experience.

Claudio Ranieri was not impressed: “I am very angry. An international referee gives two yellow cards for normal fouls and the match was full of fouls. In the second half maybe it was because the crowd pushed the referee a lot and put him under pressure. You make one yellow card and you have to stay calm – my players, but also the referee. The draw should have been the real result. There was four minutes extra time signalled and it was five minutes extra time when they scored. But it’s okay. It doesn’t matter. We continue to fight. I am very proud of my players. They put on a fantastic performance.”

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny (Chambers 46), Mertesacker, Monreal, Coquelin (Walcott 61), Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Welbeck 83), Sanchez, Giroud. Subs Not Used: Ospina, Flamini, Elneny, Campbell.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kanté, Albrighton (King 82), Mahrez (Wasilewski 58), Okazaki (Gray 61), Vardy. Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Chilwell, Dyer, Ulloa.

Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 60,009.

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