Leicester City 1 (Ulloa 22) – Arsenal 1 (Sanchez 20)
Man of the Match – Wes Morgan (Leicester City)
Arsenal were held to their second successive away Premier League draw, against a determined Leicester side. There were starts for Mesut Ozil and Yaya Sanogo, as Olivier Giroud faces a lengthy spell on the sideline.
Sanogo, still struggling for his first Arsenal goal, put in a poor display on the evening, despite being key to Arsenal’s goal. Leicester stuck to their game plan and tried to thwart Arsenal’s swift passing to launch counters of their own. Arsenal had to deal with the physical threat of Leicester, and Koscielny was treated for 3 minutes after suffering a knock in the head following a collision with Jeff Schlupp. The Gunners, though took the lead in the 20th minute, when Sanogo poked a Cazorla chip past Kasper Schmeichel, for Sanchez to bundle home. It was the Chilean’s 2nd goal in as many games as he looks to settle down in North London.
Koscielny, by now bandaged, was at fault for Leandro Ulloa’s equalizer, just moments later. The Argentine striker towered above Koscielny to head home a Schlupp cross from the left wing. Koscielny was hauled off as a precaution 4 minutes later, to be replaced by Callum Chambers. Arsenal managed to create more chances, but failed to score. Aaron Ramsey’s looped header was saved by Schmeichel.
Ulloa almost gave Leicester the lead, having been set up by Riyad Mahrez, but only found the side netting. Arsene Wenger bought in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski for Santi Cazorla and Yaya Sanogo respectively, to bolster the attack. But injury problems for Arsenal began to mount, as Ozil went down holding his knees, before Chamberlain suffered a calf injury late on. Jamie Vardy saw his late effort blocked by Szczesny, before Danny Drinkwater’s effort from 20 yards, just whizzed past the post.
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