LIVE: Leicester vs Arsenal

LIVE: Leicester vs Arsenal

To Arsenal’s credit, they responded well to falling behind early and thoroughly deserve their lead at the midway point in this contest. The Foxes must respond at the restart if they are to avoid back-to-back defeats on home soil.

Two goals right at the end of the first half have turned this match on its head! Leicester took an early lead at the King Power Stadium through Youri Tielemans, but David Luiz’s header followed by an Alexandre Lacazette stoppage-time penalty have put the Gunners in the ascendancy at the break.

45′ + 4′ HALF-TIME: LEICESTER CITY 1-2 ARSENAL

A. Lacazette

Penalty Goal

Arsenal

45′ + 2′ LACAZETTE!!! 2-1 ARSENAL! The Gunners have turned it around! The skipper steps up to the spot and calmly sends Schmeichel the wrong way.

45′ + 1′ PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Pepe’s effort is blocked by the raised arm of Ndidi. Following a consultation with VAR and his pitchside monitor, the referee points to the spot. That was irresponsible by the Leicester midfielder in all fairness.

44′ Today, Arsenal are aiming to avoid a third consecutive Premier League defeat away from the Emirates. The last time they endured such a run was in February 2019.

M. Ødegaard

E. Smith Rowe

Arsenal

42′ Smith Rowe is unable to continue for Arsenal. He goes off to be replaced by Martin Odegaard.

41′ The two Brazilians combine to bring Arsenal level. That was only the Gunners’ second league goal at the King Power in four visits.

Arsenal

39′ Willian did well to pick out Luiz, who levels matters.

Arsenal

39′ DAVID LUIZ!!! 1-1! Arsenal are level! From the resulting free-kick, Luiz loses his marker to meet Willian’s delivery and guide a header beyond the dive of Schmeichel.

Leicester City

38′ Thomas receives the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Pepe.

36′ After cutting in from the right and onto his left foot, Iheanacho lets fly with an ambitious effort from distance. However, it is straight down the throat of Leno.

34′ Arsenal have enjoyed just one win in their last seven league visits to this ground. That victory came courtesy of a 5-2 success during the 2015-16 season. Ironically, that was the only defeat suffered on home soil that campaign by Leicester, who went on to lift the Premier League title.

32′ Relief for the Foxes as Evans recovers and quickly retakes his place in the heart of defence.

31′ There is a slight concern for Leicester as Evans stays down following an accidental collision with Ndidi. The centre-half winces as he makes his way to the touchline, but should be fine to continue.

29′ Arsenal have lost in each of their last three Premier League games at the King Power Stadium; scoring just once along the way. In fact, they have received more red cards during that span with two.

27′ The Gunners continue to threaten and the ball is nicely worked to Willian on the edge of the box. However, the Brazilian drags his shot wide of the target.

26′ Good block! Following a neat move by Arsenal, Tierney’s low cross is met at the far post by Pepe, whose first-time shot is well-blocked by a sliding Thomas.

24′ One of Leicester’s most impressive performers this season, Barnes is aiming to find the net for the third Premier League game in a row. The winger was also on target in the victories over Liverpool and Aston Villa.

22′ Good effort! Following a quiet start to this game, Barnes bursts into life as he comes in from the left wing before unleashing a powerful strike from distance. There is plenty of ferocity and accuracy in his effort, which Leno is forced to punch to safety.

20′ Operating in the number 10 role, Iheanacho embarks on a driving run towards the Arsenal penalty area. He then clips the ball towards the far post looking for Vardy, but there is just too much height in his delivery and it goes behind for a goal-kick.

18′ Arsenal will be buoyed by their Europa League win over Benfica on Thursday. However, they have lost six of their last seven Premier League games played immediately following a continental fixture this season.

16′ That was a big let-off for Leicester, who could have been pegged back had the original decision stood. Arsenal were unable to make the most of the free-kick scenario, but are enjoying plenty of possession.

14′ NO PENALTY! The replays show that the initial contact on Pepe came from Ndidi, who was just outside the box when the challenge was made. The decision to award the penalty is subsequently oveturned and instead, Arsenal have a free-kick.

12′ PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Tielemans goes from hero to villain in the space of six minutes as he trips Pepe in the box. The referee has no choice but to point to the spot. But wait, we’re going to VAR…

10′ Leicester lead courtesy of Tielemans’ first league goal at the King Power since October 2019. Can they press home their advantage here?

8′ Leicester almost in again! Almost a nightmare for Leno, whose attempted pass was blocked by Vardy. Thankfully, the ball runs straight into the grateful arms of the Gunners goalkeeper, who breathes a huge sigh of belief.

Leicester City

6′ TIELEMANS!!! 1-0 LEICESTER! The Foxes lead at the King Power! Picking up the ball on the right wing, Tielemans is allowed far too much space and time to run into the area, before drilling a low shot across the face of Leno and into the far corner.

5′ Both sides still settling into their rhythm in these early stages. There have already been a few misplaced passes and the number of changes to the starting line-ups from midweek is evident.

3′ The Foxes have suffered just one defeat in their last 11 Premier League games. Extending that impressive streak here would lift them to second place in the table behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

1′ Referee Paul Tierney blows his whistle and Leicester get the match underway.

The players are coming out onto the pitch and kick-off is fast approaching.

Leicester have won four of their last six Premier League meetings with Arsenal – one more than in their previous 36.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Mikel Arteta, who makes six alterations following Thursday’s Europa League win over Benfica. Alexandre Lacazette returns at the spearhead of attack to captain the side, while he will receive support from Nicolas Pepe and Willian on the wings. Cedric and Pablo Mari come into defence as Mohamed Elneny returns to partner Granit Xhaka in midfield.

Brendan Rodgers makes four changes to the Leicester side that were eliminated from the Europa League by Slavia Prague in midweek. Timothy Castagne, Ricardo Pereira, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho all return to the starting line-up. James Maddison, Ayoze Perez, Dennis Praet, Wesley Fofana and Wes Morgan are absent through injury.

SUBS: Mathew Ryan, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Cedric, David Luiz, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney; Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny; Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe, Willian; Alexandre Lacazette (captain).

SUBS: Danny Ward, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Daniel Amartey, Christian Fuchs, Marc Albrighton, Hamza Choudhury, Nampalys Mendy, Sidnei Tavares, Cengiz Under.

LEICESTER CITY (4-4-2): Kasper Schmeichel (captain); Timothy Castagne, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Luke Thomas; Ricardo Pereira, Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi, Harvey Barnes; Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy.

Leicester are aiming to climb to second place with what would be a fourth consecutive Premier League win. Meanwhile, Arsenal look to bounce back from successive away defeats in the English top-flight.

Hello everyone and welcome to live text coverage of the Premier League clash between Leicester City and Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.

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