Leicester City 1 Arsenal 1
Report by Mike King
Having given Chelsea the previous week a good run for all their money, and despite the set-back against Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup, the City's fans, in a sell-out crowd, were looking forward to visitors Arsenal who had confirmed their Champions League entry in their previous game against Besiktas.
With further transfer speculation for both teams before the crazy transfer deadline on Monday, manager Pearson, who in several interviews stated the City team were going all out to win every game, kept faith with the starting eleven against Chelsea, with new signing Cambiasso keeping the subs bench warm, but no sign of Knockaert or Taylor-Fletcher on the City's team sheet, speculation that they are both "on their way" from the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal, with Giroud out injured, gave a start to the tall, leggy striker Sanogo, who has failed to score in 17 starts, with England players Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench. Sanchez partnered Sanogo up front with manager Wenger admitting he was short of strikers.
The game started fairly evenly in bright sunshine that made the King Power Stadium and the pitch look magnificent for the Sky cameras. As expected, Arsenal started to pass the ball around, but the City also showed their attacking intentions with Mahrez forcing his way down the right with a cross intended for Ulloa, but Koscielny cleared the danger.
De Laet seemed to have more space down the right and made a couple of raids, with one cross finding Ulloa but he could not turn and the danger was cleared. Further raids down the left by Schlupp supported by Konchesky gave the Arsenal defenders problems, however, Hammond in mid-field was finding the going tough by often giving the ball away and King trying hard to influence the game.
Schlupp was protecting Konchesky very well as Arsenal attacked down both wings, but the same problem as against Everton was noted when Mahrez often left De Laet exposed and Sanchez, who always went on to his right foot tried to take advantage.
A high through ball by Konchesky found both Schlupp and Koscielny challenging together in mid-air with both players falling to the pitch clutching their heads. Schlupp seemed to be okay but Koscielny, after several minutes of treatment, ran down the tunnel for stitching up.