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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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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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