Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal: Foxes, Gunners combine for few chances, split points

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  • Leicester without a win through two games this season
  • Arsenal also without a win this season
  • 1 shot on goal for Leicester; Schmeichel made just 4 saves

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When Arsenal visited the King Power Stadium last season, the final score was 5-2 in favor of the visiting Gunners. It was the only game Leicester would lose at home all season, and one of just three defeats overall.

On Saturday, Arsene Wenger‘s side visited the Foxes, this time the reigning Premier League champions, again. The fireworks were severely lacking in comparison to this same fixture last season. The final score on Saturday: 0-0, with hardly a chance of a winner for either side.

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Arsenal nearly went ahead through a bit of luck in the 31st minute, when Santi Cazorla‘s long free kick went untouched through the sea of blue and yellow shirts inside the penalty area, and bounced inside Kasper Schneichel’s six-yard box. The big Danish goalkeeper was quick to react and make the save at full-stretch.

The game’s first controversy arrived in the 42nd minute, when Laurent Koscielny appeared to take Danny Drinkwater down inside the Arsenal penalty area. Jamie Vardy raced in behind the defense, but Petr Cech cut out the through ball only to spill it two yards in front of him, where Drinkwated raced in for a touch. Koscielny slid in and won the ball, based on the referee’s no-call, without a penalty given.

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Leicester’s first clear scoring chance didn’t come until the 70th minute, and ultimately Vardy fired his shot wide and high of goal. The move began with Marc Albrighton winning the ball off Granit Xhaka in midfield, and Vardy racing in one-on-one with Cech. Koscielny was quick to recover, though, putting just enough pressure on Vardy to unsettle last season’s 24-goal scorer.

Theo Walcott had a half-chance to score on the 80-minute mark, but Wes Morgan made an all-out recovery sprint to track the England attacker down and apply a last-second sliding challenge to deflect the shot just wide of Schmeichel’s left-hand post.

An even clearer penalty shout saw Leicester once again denied in the 89th minute. Ahmed Musa got himself in front of Hector Bellerin, and the Spanish right back took the Nigerian forward down with a mistimed tackle from behind. Bellerin’s foot went through Musa’s leg, and Arsenal can count themselves extremely lucky to have not lost very late on.

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On the bright side, the Foxes and Gunners now have a point apiece this season. On the not-so-bright side, neither one of them ever looked like picking up their first win of the season on Saturday, while Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have all started with six out of six points, and Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool sit on four and three points, respectively.