Arsenal 1:1 Leicester City
City gained their first point at Arsenal in a quarter of a century with a late Vardy equaliser at the Emirates on Tuesday night.
Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side, with Bennett making his first start in place of the injured Chilwell and the three-man defence that was successful against Palace employed again.
After dealing with some early attacks, City took the game to Arsenal.
In the 9th minute Pérez fed a ball to Vardy who emerged from a challenge by David Luiz with the ball , but his well-struck shot from 18 yards went straight at Martínez.
City continued to press forward and Iheancho forced another save from the keeper with a low shot.
City were allowing their hosts no time and they had to wait until the 20th minute for a chance, Tierney connecting well with a 30 yard half-volley that didn’t test Schmeichel.
But a minute later Arsenal took the lead. Ceballos sent Saka down the right channel, Evans slipped on the wet turf and low ball across goal was swept home by Aubameyang.
After a drinks break unsuitable for a chilly wet night in North London, the game recommenced, and the tide had turned completely, with Arsenal doing all the attacking.
Schmeichel was kept busy for the rest of the half with the City defence being regularly breached. He saved a low shot from Saka with his feet, and then made a brilliant block from Lacazette’s fierce shot on the turn from 12 yards.
City had a rare break upfield in the 36th minute and had the ball in the net, but Iheanacho was penalised for a foul on Kolasinac before he converted a fine cross from Vardy. It looked a little harsh.
Play was soon back up the other end and Bellerin delivered a far post ball to Lacazette, whose thumping header went straight into Schmeichel’s grasp.
The one-way traffic continued, with City’s defence being worked hard by Aubameyang and Saka, but they reached the break without conceding again.
During time-added-on Vardy caught Mustafi in the face with his studs as they both went to ground, but the Arsenal man was able to carry on.
Brendan Rodgers made no chances at half time and City threatened with a couple of crosses early in the second half. But it was Arsenal who went close when a David Luiz free-kick deflected off the wall and Schmeichel had to tip it round the post.
Vardy then floated in a fine cross from the right, but Iheancho’s volley was too close to Martínez.
Brendan Rodgers made his first changes on the hour, bringing Fuchs and Barnes on for Iheanacho and Albrighton with City reverting to 4-4-2. Arsenal went in to a more defensive mode and City dominated possession.
A Justin cross found the head of Barnes but was directed straight at Martínez.
Arsenal had to retreat even further after 73 minutes when they went down to ten men. Nketiah, who had been on the field for three minutes, mistimed a challenge and planted him studs on Justin’s knee. After a lengthy VAR enquiry and a monitor check from Chris Kavanagh the red card was brandished.
The red and white shutters went up and City had to find a way through. Gray came on for Bennett, and then Praet for Ndidi in an attempt to carve Arsenal open, and City made the breakthrough in the 84th minute.
Gray hooked a cross over the Arsenal defence and Vardy popped up at the far post to side foot it home. There followed a long and tense wait for VAR looking at a possible offside, but the goal stood.
City chased the three points, but couldn’t find a way through Arsenal’s dogged defence, even in the 8 minutes added on for VAR and drinks breaks.
They had to be content with the first point at Arsenal since the 1994-95 season, but dropped below Chelsea into fourth place after their win at Palace.
Arsenal: Martínez, Mustafi, David Luiz, Kolasinac, Bellerín, Ceballos (Torreira 80), Xhaka, Tierney, Saka (Willock 71), Lacazette (Nketiah 71), Aubameyang (Maitland-Niles 90).
Substitutes: Papastathopoulos, Holding, Pépé, Nelson, Macey.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Bennett (Gray 76), Evans, Söyüncü, Justin, Ndidi (Praet 82), Tielemans, Albrighton (Fuchs 59), Iheanacho (Barnes 59), Vardy, Pérez.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ward, Choudhury, James, Mendy.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh.
PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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