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Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Leonardo Ulloa
Leonardo Ulloa has scored in both of Leicester's home games this season
  • Ulloa gives Leicester a second point of the season
  • Second successive league draw leaves Arsenal seventh
  • Vardy goes close late on for Leicester
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain injury not serious, says Wenger

Leonardo Ulloa's second goal in successive home games gave Leicester a deserved point against Arsenal.

Alexis Sanchez turned in his first Arsenal league goal from close range after Yaya Sanogo had bundled the ball past keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

But Nigel Pearson's promoted side were soon level as Argentine Ulloa climbed above Laurent Koscielny to head in.

Leicester had the clearer second-half chances, with Ulloa and substitute Jamie Vardy going close.

Ulloa created a great chance for himself early in the second period after playing a one-two with Riyad Mahrez and leaving defender Calum Chambers on the floor with a brilliant turn, but he fired high into the side netting.

In the closing stages, Vardy led a swift counter-attack and burst into the penalty area after exchanging passes with David Nugent, but his shot was pushed aside by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

While Leicester showed they were worthy of a point, it was a difficult afternoon for Arsenal, for whom centre-back Laurent Koscielny had to come off in the first half with a head injury.

Midfielder Mesut Ozil sustained an ankle problem and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a calf injury late on, but manager Arsene Wenger suggested that neither were serious.

In the case of winger Oxlade-Chamberlain, that will come as a relief to England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of a friendly against Norway on Wednesday and a Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland the following Monday.

Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 live summariser
"I think Leicester before the game would have been happy with a point, but with their energy, passion and the chances they created they will be really disappointed that they did not win the game."

On the evidence of events at the King Power Stadium, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is no closer to solving the problem of who to play at centre-forward after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until the new year with a broken leg.

Sanogo was given only his second Premier League start as Sanchez was moved to a wide role, but the French forward turned in an untidy performance despite his role in Arsenal's goal.

His best chance to score came just before the hour mark as full-back Nacho Monreal burst forward to set him up, but Schmeichel timed well an advance from his line to block.

Leicester were full of energy, and although they had to spend a lot of the game defending against Arsenal's swift passing, they were quick to break when they got the chance.

The visitors were troubled by Leicester's physical presence, and Koscielny needed more than three minutes of treatment after an early accidental collision with Jeff Schlupp.

But Arsenal took the lead in the 20th minute when Sanogo raced on to Santi Cazorla's well-judged chip, and bundled the ball past Schmeichel for Sanchez to turn in.

Leicester's home help
Leicester have scored at least once in each of their last 17 league games at home, a run stretching back to last November.

Koscielny, having returned to the action sporting a blue bandage to cover his head wound, had to take a large share of the blame for Leicester's quick equaliser.

The French defender failed to track Ulloa, who was left free to climb and power in a header from the dangerous Schlupp's left-wing cross - following up the goal he scored in the 2-2 draw with Everton on 16 August.

Wenger responded by replacing Koscielny with Chambers, and the 19-year-old - who won his first senior England call-up during the week - was stretched to his limits by Leicester's lively attack.

The Gunners continued to create chances as the match opened up, and Aaron Ramsey should have done better than loop a tame header at Schmeichel from Cazorla's chip.

But it was the home side who looked stronger in the closing stages as injuries began to catch up with Arsenal, with Ozil going down holding his ankle after the visitors had made all three of their substitutions.

Vardy was denied by Szczesny, before the striker's fellow Foxes substitute Danny Drinkwater hit a 20-yard shot just wide of the goalkeeper's left-hand post.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:

"It was another illustration of how difficult the Premier League can be. We played well, but we have played better and been more assured in possession. But we still showed the ability to create things.

"To be successful you can't go into the Premier League and just be tight and not create things. We looked dangerous on the counter-attack and with some decent moves. We have got more to come. We are disappointed not to win."

Read reaction from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez scored Arsenal's goal, but their lead was quickly taken from them
Jamie Vardy
Wojciech Szczesny made a late save from Leicester substitute Jamie Vardy
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain suffered a calf injury, although Arsene Wenger suggested it was not serious



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2de Laet
  • 5Morgan
  • 18MooreBooked at 90mins
  • 3Konchesky
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 64'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 7HammondBooked at 85mins
  • 10King
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forVardyat 70'minutes
  • 23UlloaSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 77'minutes
  • 35Nugent


  • 4Drinkwater
  • 9Vardy
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Hamer
  • 19Cambiasso
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 39Wood


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1SzczesnyBooked at 90mins
  • 2Debuchy
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6KoscielnySubstituted forChambersat 26'minutes
  • 18Monreal
  • 20Flamini
  • 17Sánchez
  • 16Ramsey
  • 19CazorlaSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 77'minutes
  • 11Özil
  • 22SanogoSubstituted forPodolskiat 77'minutes


  • 7Rosicky
  • 9Podolski
  • 10Wilshere
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 21Chambers
  • 26Martinez
  • 28Campbell
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leicester City 1, Arsenal 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leicester City 1, Arsenal 1.

  3. Post update

    Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andy King.

  6. Booking

    Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Liam Moore (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Liam Moore (Leicester City).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nacho Monreal.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton tries a through ball, but Jamie Vardy is caught offside.

  12. Booking

    Dean Hammond (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dean Hammond (Leicester City).

  15. Booking

    Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Nugent.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ritchie de Laet.

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