Read a full match report from the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at King Power Stadium on Sunday 31 August, 2014.
- Alex Sanchez gives Arsenal a first half lead on 20 minutes
- Just three minutes later Leonardo Ulloa levels with a brilliant header.
- Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy return from injury to feature for City
- New signing Esteban Cambiasso is an unused substitute
Leicester City remained unbeaten at home after a thrilling draw with Arsenal at King Power Stadium in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
An early strike from former Barcelona man Alexis Sanchez put the visitors 1-0 up but Leonardo Ulloa equalised just minutes later to secure the draw.
Jamie Vardy, who made his Premier League debut after playing non-league football just over two years ago, spurned a late opportunity to seal a winner but Nigel Pearson’s men can be content with a point against the potential league winners.
The Foxes remained unchanged from the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend, with Esteban Cambiasso featuring on the bench having had his international clearance granted before the match.
The hosts started well as Riyad Mahrez broke down the right wing on four minutes, teasing Nacho Monreal before delivering the ball to the waiting Ulloa – the cross cut out by centre-half Laurent Koscielny.
And that side of the pitch looked to be the most productive for City in the opening stages as Ritchie De Laet was next to burst down the flank but frontman Ulloa couldn’t control his ball in to the edge of the area.
After a brief stoppage in play due to Koscielny and Jeffrey Schlupp clashing heads, Mahrez was the next to threaten the Gunners’ goal, playing a superb one-two with David Nugent before striking a low drive just inches wide of Wojciech Szszesny’s upright.
Arsenal, despite being kept quiet by Pearson’s back four in the opening stages, took the lead on 20 minutes through Sanchez.
A neat scoop over the top of the Foxes defence by Santi Cazorla found Yaya Sanogo who passed across goal to the Chilean winger, who tapped in from close range.
But much like the game against Everton on the opening day of the season, City weren’t behind for long, and it was their Argentine frontman who delivered the goods once again.
Schlupp flew down the left hand side of the pitch and swung a devastating cross into the box for Ulloa to nod in just three minutes after going behind – the former Brighton man’s second league goal in two home games.
Sanogo, who replaced the injured Olivier Giroud, was a physical presence throughout the game and had two strikes at goal on the half hour mark – both blocked before they could reach Kasper Schmeichel’s net.
Moments later the hosts had a penalty shout turned down when Liam Moore appeared to be tripped by Wales international Aaron Ramsey in the area – the England U21 defender’s appeal waved away with 35 minutes on the clock.
A dazzling run from Mahrez in first half stoppage time could have seen City take the lead but the Algerian fired straight at Arsenal’s No.1, who palmed the ball down and collected well – all square at the break.
A scrappy start to the second half saw Arsene Wenger’s side muster up the first clear opportunity after the restart – a give-and-go between Sanchez and Cazorla saw the latter drag his shot wide from an angle on 50 minutes.
Just moments later Ulloa had a huge chance of his own making to put City 2-1 up, but after cutting inside, the striker put his effort into the side netting from eight yards out – the goal at his mercy.
Chances came thick and fast – Ramsey and Monreal denied by Schmeichel in the Leicester goal.
The combination between Mahrez and Ulloa looked impressive and they worked a great opportunity for Nugent at the back post – Ulloa teeing up the former Preston man only for him to be denied by a challenge from Mathieu Debuchy from six yards on the hour mark.
Moore, who again partnered well with skipper Wes Morgan, was next to deny Cazorla – the Spaniard’s long-range strike closed down well by the Academy graduate - looping over the City bar with 20 minutes to play.
Substitute Vardy ran through the Arsenal back four and after a returning pass from Nugent found the former Fleetwood Town man but a right boot from Szczesny denied the forward a later winner.
Danny Drinkwater, who came on for the remaining 15 minutes in place of goalscorer Ulloa, then had another late effort at goal but pulled his shot just wide of Arsenal’s post.
The result means City jump out of the relegation zone up to 15th in the Premier League, facing a trip to the Brittania Stadium to play Stoke City following the forthcoming international break.
CITY: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan (c), Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Albrighton 64), Hammond, King, Schlupp (Vardy 70), Nugent, Ulloa (Drinkwater 76)
SUBS NOT USED: Hamer, Wasilewski, Cambiasso, Wood
GOAL: Ulloa 23
ARSENAL: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker (c), Koscielny (Chambers 26), Monreal, Őzil, Ramsey, Sanchez, Cazorla (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77), Flamini, Sanogo (Podolski 77)
SUBS NOT USED: Martinez, Rosicky, Wilshere, Campbell
GOAL: Sanchez 20
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor