Leicester City 1-1 Arsenal - match report

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Arsenal and Arsene Wenger began this campaign full of hope and expectation.

The Frenchman who, successfully made sure his side qualified for the Champions League for the 17th time in succession on Wednesday with a 1-0 over Besiktas, described this side as the best in years just a few weeks ago.

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But with Arsenal's main striker, Oliver Giroud, expected to be out until 2015, along with Wenger’s reluctance to sign another high profile player to replace him, fans may fear that their long awaited return to the top of English football may go begging for yet another year.

Their 1-1 draw against Leicester City this afternoon puts them four points behind league leaders Chelsea after just three games going into next weekend’s big clash against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

The news that Jose Mourinho has signed Loic Remy from QPR for an approximate £10 million will further hurt Arsenal fans. Remy could have been the ideal replacement for Giroud, adding competition for the French international upon his return.

An accumulation of 24 shots by Arsenal highlights the problem they have up top, as Yaya Sanogo looked worryingly average against a defence that is sure to leak goals this season.

Leicester however, come away from arguably the toughest start to the Premier League campaign for any team this season with a respectable two points against sides that will be fighting for European places at the end of the year, following their 2-2 opening day draw against Everton.

It took just 20 minutes for Arsenal to find the back of the net. Sanogo’s pass, after Santi Cazorla’s – arguably Arsenals best player this afternoon – lofted ball over the top of the Leicester defence deflected of Kasper Schmeichel into the path of Alexis Sanchez to score his first ever Premier League goal.

But, like against Everton on the opening day of the season, Leicester hit back within minutes. Laurent Koscielny, who still looked slightly dazed after his clash of heads with Jeff Schlupp early on in the match, allowed Leonardo Ulloa to float behind him and head the ball past Wojciech Szezesny in the Arsenal goal.

Arsenal's French international was then substituted moments later for the young Calum Chambers, who has been rewarded for his solid early performances this season with a call up to the England squad.


Ulloa arguably had the best chance to take the lead in the game just after the restart. The former Brighton player should have done better than to fire the ball into the side netting after checking a sliding Per Mertesaker in the penalty area.

Arsenal began to press however and Aaron Ramsey, who has often saved games for this Arsenal side in recent times, should have done better after beating the offside trap. His header was half-heartedly directed straight into the hands of Schmeichel, despite Sanogo better placed to finish next to him.

Jamie Vardy almost made a fairy-tale start to his Premier League debut. The 27-year old, who has rose to the top flight of English football from the non-league divisions almost scored with eight minutes of normal time remaining. His shot however, was equally matched by Szezesny, who had to come to the rescue for Arsenal on more than one occasion.

Roy Hodgson will be slightly anxious ahead of the friendly in midweek against Norway after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was seen nursing his ankle at the end of the game. The player has been marred by injuries of late and was only brought on with 15 minutes remaining.

With very little time remaining in the transfer market it is unsure whether this draw will result in Wenger making a late move in the transfer market. With the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all having a lot more strength in depth up top, it will be hard to see Arsenal lifting the title this year without a recognised, world-class striker.

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