An end-to-end match at the Emirates Stadium has seen both Arsenal and Leicester City effectively playing their styles, with a Jamie Vardy penalty putting the Foxes ahead 1-0 at halftime
Leicester City currently leads the league by five points, and could see its lead grow depending on what Man City and Spurs do later Sunday. Arsenal would finish the weekend third at-best.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) February 14, 2016
Arsenal earned a quick corner to open the action, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s hard, curling offering was headed just wide by Alexis Sanchez.
The quarter-hour mark was big on action, as Aaron Ramsey found himself racing for a loose ball with Leicester keeper Kaspar Schmeichel, who won the race with a sliding clearance. At the other end, Petr Cech slid to keep Jamie Vardy’s header from crossing the goal line.
And then, just before halftime, Martin Atkinson awarded a penalty for Nacho Monreal‘s blocking the completion of a Jamie Vardy run in the box.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Flamini, Elneny, Campbell, Walcott, Welbeck
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. Subs:Subs: Schwarzer, King, Gray, Ulloa, Dyer, Wasilewski, Chilwell
Goal: Vardy (45′)
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