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2016/02/14 | 14:00 |  English Premier League | Emirates Stadium, London |  Full Time
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As it happened: Arsenal v Leicester

2016-02-14 16:00
Last Updated at 15:13
14 Feb 16:00
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14 Feb 15:58


Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City

14 Feb 15:58
Welbeck is in!!! The former Manchester United forward rises highest to nod home. A top class free-kick from Ozil. Boy oh boy what a victory!!
14 Feb 15:56
14 Feb 15:56
94' Wasiwelski goes into the book for a foul on Monreal. Gunners get last chance at goal.
14 Feb 15:55

93' Gray prevents Walcott from hammering home one from close-range but Sanchez gets hold of the ball and crosses it over to Ramsey but Schmeichel is up for the tasks and punches it away.

14 Feb 15:51
91' Huth putting his body on the line... Great defending by the City captain...
14 Feb 15:50
90' Four minutes added on... Can Leicester hold on?
14 Feb 15:50
88' Sensational save by Schmeichel with Giroud’s close-range punched away from danger.
14 Feb 15:48
85' Ozil finds Mertesacker with a delightful cross. The centre-back is unmarked but somehow turns his header wide.
14 Feb 15:47
83' Andy King replaces Marc Albrighton.
14 Feb 15:46
83' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain off for Welbeck
14 Feb 15:45
81' Leicester defending well as Arsenal pile the pressure...
14 Feb 15:43
79' Poor from Sanchez, who completely misses his kick after great work by Walcott.
14 Feb 15:42
77' Leicester break once again, lead by Vardy and the striker finds Kante. The midfielder tries another curling effort, but Cech has it covered.
14 Feb 15:40
74' Ramsey misses a chance however Morgan does well to prevent Giroud netting an attempted bicycle kick which rebounds and falls into the path of the Welsh midfielder. He can only put it wide though.
14 Feb 15:36
72' Some controversy now, as Ramsey rushes towards the referee claiming Drinkwater fouled him. Ref not having it.  
14 Feb 15:31
Walcott nets a knock down pass from Giroud. Funny enough, that was Arsenal's first attempt on target this afternoon!
14 Feb 15:29
14 Feb 15:29
67' Ozil delivers a dengerous cross from a corner, but Kante manages to hook it out of danger.
14 Feb 15:22
64' The last ten minutes has been particularly busy for both sides as their respective managers look to tactically change the game in their favour.
14 Feb 15:20
61' Shinji Okazaki Demarai Gray
14 Feb 15:19
60' Arsenal in search for three points now as Arsene Wenger summon Walcott and takes off Coquelin.
14 Feb 15:17
58' Mahrez gets sacrificed and Ranieri opts to call on 35-year-old Marcin Wasilewski.
14 Feb 15:16
56' N'Golo Kanté now also booked with a yellow card. 
14 Feb 15:15
53' Simpson gets a RED CARD!!! A second yellow as he latches onto Giroud's arm but the ref sees what the former Man United defender is trying to to do and sends the player towards the tunnel for an early shower.
14 Feb 15:13
52' Giroud now with another headed opportunity not hitting the target. Surely he will get one in this afternoon?
14 Feb 15:12
51' Fuchs gets a yellow card for dangerous lunge on Giroud.
14 Feb 15:11
51' Giroud finds Bellerin who slots in a low cross into the 18th area but no red shirts are close enough to get a touch on it.
14 Feb 15:08
50' Yellow cards so far: Francis Coquelin, Laurent Koscielny, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Simpson.
14 Feb 15:07
49' Simpson gets a yellow card for lunging into Sanchez
14 Feb 15:06
Meanwhile... Koscielny off for Chambers.
14 Feb 15:05
46' Ramsey comes close with a directed shot at goal as he falls but his effort is whiskers away from goal. Schmeicel clearly beaten!!
14 Feb 15:04
45' Second-half underway...
14 Feb 14:49
14 Feb 14:49
47' Ramsey picks up a yellow card for a hefty challenge on Okazaki.
14 Feb 14:46
45' Two minutes of additional time added on...
14 Feb 14:46
Vardy makes sure to hit that one directly at the back of the net. Leicester in charge!!
14 Feb 14:45
14 Feb 14:45
44' PENALTY!!! Monreal receives a yellow card after a tackling Vardy inside the penalty area!!
14 Feb 14:43
40' Mahrez whips in one from a set-piece which Huth rises highest to latch onto, however his effort is well off target.
14 Feb 14:40
38' Bellerin allows Kante to get some space and the midfielder shoots one from the edge of the box and it starts to curl in towards the goal direction.. Cech is up for the task and knocks it out for a corner
14 Feb 14:37
36' Yellow card Francis Coquelin
14 Feb 14:36
32' Offside!! Ozil picks out the run of Giroud with a sublime cross. The Frenchman duly got on the end of it and powered a header past Schmeichel, but the officials had already brought the move back for offside. 
14 Feb 14:32
29' Kante is making so many crucial tackles all over the pitch. 
14 Feb 14:26
25' Sanchez gets the ball in the 18th area and shoots one searching for the top corner but Morgan with a great stop.
14 Feb 14:24
21' Oxlade-Chamberlain steals possession drives the ball into the penalty area towards Giroud, but the French striker is unable to generate any power on his toe-poked effort.
14 Feb 14:21
20' Twenty minute mark and Gunners have 72.1% of possession to Leicester's 27.9%
14 Feb 14:19
15' Gunners and City going at each other now. Arsenal find space with Ramsey and the Welsh midfielder is alone with Schmeichel racing towards the ball and clears it but the ball then falls into the path Albrighton who knocks it in for Vardy and the striker heads it towards goal but Cech makes a sensational save.
  • Leicester are absolutely shattered. Their 10-men battled valiantly but credit Arsenal, they kept going and got their reward. Arsenal are just two points behind the leaders now. Thank you for following this live text coverage with us for Leicester v Arsenal.

  • That's the end of the game, incredible scenes at the Emirates as the Gunners blow the title race wide-open! Last time Danny Welbeck played for Arsenal, Leicester were 17th, one point above the relegation zone. Great come-back for the English forward.

  • ... GOAL, Danny Welbeck. Welbeck leaps highest to get to the end of Ozil's set-piece for the last play of the game. Heart-breaking stuff for the Foxes!

  • Last play of the game, Ozil set-piece...

  • Schmeichel dents Arsenal title hopes. Heard that one before. Arsenal are throwing everything at the former Manchester City goalkeeper.

  • And still Arsenal come... Alexis Sanchez floats the ball into the box and Robert Huth heads the ball clear. Goal kick given. Arsenal pushing men forwards but the Foxes look likely to see the game out. Two minutes left to go...

  • 90'

    Four additional minutes added on by the fourth official.

  • 88'

    Olivier Giroud 10 yards out, hammers the ball goal wards, but Kasper Schmeichel holds out his arm and parries the ball away. The Danish shot-stopper has really developed into a world-class goalkeeper, regardless of who his dad was.

  • 86'

    Danny Welbeck the next to go close as he misses his kick from close range from Olivier Girouds's knock down. The Frenchman has bullied the foxes defence today.

  • 85'

    Chance for Arsenal as Ozil whips in a irresistible ball thats's headed wide by the big man, Per Mertsascker from point blank range. Huge chance for the German to put the Gunners ahead!

  • 81'

    Substitution for Leceister: Their third and final change for Renieri, midfield fan-favortite Andy King comes on for Albrighton. The Welsh international makes his 288th appearance for the Foxes. Danny Welbeck? Remember him? He makes his long-awaited return for Arsenal as Wenger hacks of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who's been rather poor this afternoon.

  • 77'

    Ten-man Leicester make a rare break. Jamie Vardy is shackled by three Arsenal defenders but he pulls the ball back and N'Golo Kante curls a 20-yard shot wide.

  • 76'

    Drinkwater is lucky to escape no punishment after a bone-crunching challenge on Ramsey. The Welshman looks okay to continue.

  • 72'

    Leicester's resistance has finally been broken. Wenger will fancy his side to get the win with the current momentum his side has picke up since Simpson's sending-off. The right back must be livid with himself, it was a booking he so easily could've avoided in what could be seen as a title defining day for the Foxes!

  • 70'

    Commentators curse as Walcott draws Arsenal level! Giroud knockd-down a cross with his head to Theo Walcott who smashes home from 7-yards out. The Emirates erupts!

  • 69'

    Leicester are sitting very deep. They may be inviting pressure but their 10 men are getting their bodies everywhere. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel still yet to be tested.

  • 65'

    Renieri shouting out to Vardy to 'recover', the Italian seems to be instructing his side not to waste their energy in chasing the ball but to keep the shape and not allow Arsenal to play football. 25 minutes left in this pulsating affair!

  • 61'

    Fresh legs for Leicester as they bring on the pacy Demarai Gray for Shinji Okazaki. Gray and Albrighton will look to swop the flanks with Vardy through the middle. Arsenal also make a change as Theo Walcott replaces Francis Coquelin.

  • 60'

    That is Leicester's first red card in the Premier League this season. However, Leicester have won their last 2 Premier League games in which they had a player sent off.

  • 56'

    Renieri will look to make an immediate change to reshuffle this back-four. Marcin Wasilewski set to replace Mahrez and slot in at right-back. Kante is another in the book after a professional foul and Ozil as the Gunners looked to break away. Things are heating up at the Emirates.

  • 54'

    So often Februaries are they time where this Gunners squad's title chase crumbles but they have a life-line here as Danny Simpson receives his second book-able offense. Red Card for the former United right-back. Foxes are reduced to 10-men.

  • 50'

    Penalty claim turned down by Atkinson. Mahrez tumbles in the area after a mazy run between three defenders but looks like a suspect dive there as Monreal protests his innocence again.

  • 47'

    The Gunners haven't won a Premier League game they've been losing at half-time since October 2011 (5-3 vs Chelsea). They go close early on though as Aaron Ramsey drags a shot from just outside the area.

  • 46'

    We're back underway at the Emirates... The second 45 will be vital for both teams. The Foxes can remain 8-points clear with nearest rivals Tottenham and City playing later and if Arsenal can turn this around they can go into second with 51 points.

  • The Gunners have 67% of the possession but no shots on target. The Leicester defence have been amazing in this first-half. Buoyed by some post-match pizzas maybe?

  • Half-time here at the Emirates!

  • Two minutes added on and Arsenal look shakey. Ramsey gets into the book after a cynical challenge. As it stands, the Foxes are eight points clear at the top.

  • 45'

    Jamie Vardy picks up a lose ball after Kante was fouled on one of those famous attacking runs! Koscielny tries to bring the Frenchman down but referee Martin Atkinson waves play-on, Jamie Vardy picks up the ball... ...Monreal brings him down and guess what? Vardy puts away the resulting penalty for his 19th of the season!

  • 43'

    Less than five minutes to the break and Leicester will be thinking job done so far... And Leicester win a penalty!

  • 39'

    Yellow card for Francis Coquelin as he hacks down Riyad Mahrez as he was about to go on one of his trademark runs from the right flank. Could be a key-moment of the game as he could be forced into another challenge like that with the Foxes pacey counter-attacking threat.

  • 35'

    The longer it goes, and the longer it stays 0-0 the more Arsenal will begin to panic, Wenger needs to urge his side to remain composed otherwise Leicester will take advantage of the situation. Kante has been winning everything in mid-field, the 23-year old is looking very lively today, next to the under-rated Danny Drinkwater.

  • 31'

    Giroud scores! Oh no, wait its called offside. Ozil swings a diagonal ball that's met by the head of Giroud and trickles past Schmeichel, but the Frenchman strayed bit off-side.

  • 30'

    The pace of this game is incredible. Both sides employing attack as the best form of defence it seems. Giroud seems likes a dangerous outlet for the Gunners when they ping those counter attacking balls over the top.

  • 24'

    Wes Morgan has been immense this season. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain does brilliantly to pick out Alexis Sanchez on the penalty spot from a pull back. The Chilean lets fly but his goal bound strike is stopped by the diving body of Big Wes. From the resulting corner, Olivier Giroud heads over.

  • 20'

    Sloppy from Christian Fuchs. The Leicester defender loses out to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who races away down the right but his low cross is unable to be turned towards goal by Olivier Giroud. Still 0-0.

  • 15'

    ...Albrighton gets the ball on the right side of midfield before hitting one of his pin-point deliveries, Jamie Vardy beats Bellerin to the ball but Cech comes up with a fantastic close-range save! Thrilling stuff at the Emirates. Vardy should've done better with the effort though.

  • 14'

    Chance at both ends! Arsenal make a beak away and Ramsey looks like he's going to get to the ball but a brilliant 30-yard sprint from Schmeichel to sweep the ball away starts a counter attack for the Foxes...

  • 13'

    Leicester's first attack. Christian Fuchs crosses the ball in from the left, it is cleared but falls back to the defender. This time, he dinks a pass into Arsenal's penalty area where an unmarked Shinji Okazaki looks to be in... ...Called back for offside anyways.

  • 12'

    Ozil goes down but the penalty appeal is waved away, Arsenal having all of the ball but Leicester, as expected, look well organised and ready for anything thrown at them. The Foxes have made a total of 21 changes to their starting XI this season - the next lowest is Watford and Stoke on 34. This team spirit is apparent in the way they're shaped and fighting for one another. Corner to the Gunners though...

  • 10'

    N'Golo Kante has been everywhere in the opening ten minutes in Leicester's midfield, the Frenchman has been a real revelation in the Foxes title push. The diminutive midfielder looks world-class in his role for the underdogs.

  • 6'

    Ironic strains of 'we are staying up' heard from the Leicester fans.. Arsenal still on the front foot.

  • 4'

    A noisy Emirates greet the Foxes today They know this is a HUGE game for the title race and their side look like responding. Leicester need to contain them for early pressure.

  • 2'

    Almost a drea, start for Arsenal. Mesut Ozil picks out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in acres of space down the right. He races into the penalty area but his low cross is turned wide. From the resulting corner, Alexis Sanchez heads wide. A lightening quick start by the Gunners.

  • 1'

    How long will this title chase continue? We are under way at the Emirates...

  • Can Arsenal do what most others in the Premier League haven't been able to? Beat Leicester at home? The Foxes unbelievably start as favorites in todays clash, Jamie Vardy must have been excited to see the lanky Mertesacker named in the starting 11 today!

  • Leicester City are unchanged for their sixth league match in a row. Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kanté, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.

  • Arsenal make two changes from their last time out in the Premier League, Defender Per Mertesacker and midfielder Francis Coquelin return to the starting line-up, while Danny Welbeck is back in the squad for the first time since April 2015. Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Giroud.

  • With this weather, the surface should be nice and zippy. Perfect conditions for a good game of football.

  • 10 mins from kick-off at Emirates, bright sunshine, bitingly cold wind, big-match buzz in the air!

  • Hello and welcome to this live text coverage of Arsenal v Leicester on Valentines day at the Emirates stadium. February the 14th, will the romance of the Foxes title chase continue today?

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    • 70' Theo Walcott
    • 90' Danny Welbeck
    • 45' Jamie Vardy
  • 4 Yellow Cards 4
    • 36' Francis Coquelin
    • 44' Laurent Koscielny
    • 45' Aaron Ramsey
    • 90' Danny Welbeck
    • 49' Danny Simpson
    • 52' Christian Fuchs
    • 57' N'Golo Kante
    • 90' Marcin Wasilewski
  • 0 Red Cards 1
    • 54' Danny Simpson
Team Line-ups
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Mesut Ozil
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Alexis Sanchez
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Hector Bellerin
  • Petr Cech
  • Francis Coquelin
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  • Kasper Schmeichel
  • Daniel Drinkwater
  • Wes Morgan
  • Robert Huth
  • Jamie Vardy
  • Marc Albrighton
  • N'Golo Kante
  • Danny Simpson
  • Shinji Okazaki
  • Riyad Mahrez
  • Christian Fuchs
  • David Ospina
  • Theo Walcott
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Calum Chambers
  • Danny Welbeck
  • Joel Campbell
  • Mohamed Elneny
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  • Andy King
  • Demarai Gray
  • Leonardo Ulloa
  • Nathan Dyer
  • Marcin Wasilewski
  • Ben Chilwell
  • Mark Schwarzer

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