Leicester City – Arsenal
9 May 2018, 19:45
England. Premier League. Matchday 31
Stadium King Power Stadium
Referee Graham Scott
Linesmen Lee BettsMarc Perry
Reserve referee Craig Pawson
Who will win?
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Arsenal XI: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Mavropanos, Holding, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Iwobi, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang.
Leicester XI: Jakupovic, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Diabate, Silva, Choudhury, Mahrez, Iheanacho, Vardy.
The Gunners are missing four players: long-term absentee Santi Cazorla as well as Mohamed Elneny, Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil. Leicester are suffering even worse because of injuries: Danny Simpson, Kasper Schmeichel, Shinju Okazaki, Wilfred Ndidi, Matty James, Robert Huth and Aleksandar Dragovic, Fousseni Diabate, Ben Chilwell are Daniel Amartey are all out. Marc Albrighton is suspended.
Arsenal can still theoretically finish fifth if they win both of their remaining games, Chelsea lose theirs and the Gunners have a better goal difference. Leicester are ninth with two games to go but if the injuries take their toll on them and they lose both of those they can drop by several places. They haven't won since 31 March and haven't scored since 14 April.
Hi and welcome to the King Power Stadium where Arsenal are facing Leiceste rin their penultimate Premier League clash of the season.
Mkhitaryan records the first shot on goal but it's straight at Jakupovic.
Maguire is receiving treatment.
Plenty of stoppages early on in this one. Very much a start-and-stop game so far.
United scrap their way inside the box as Leicester players were appealing for offside. Iwobi's shot tipped away by Jakupovic.
Leicestar want it to be a cagey game, and considering how many injuries they have, that's understandable.
Vardy goes all alone against Holding, gets the shot off on goal but Cech makes the save.
GOAL! The ensuing corner leads to a lengthy Leicester attack as Arsenal failed to clear their lines and Iheanacho provides anmemphatic mfinish after a great feed from Diabate.
And Arsenal are down to ten men! Mavropanos commits a brutal turnover and has no choice but to foul Iheanacho!
Another Leicester chance but Cech makes a huge save on a Maguire volley!
Maitland-Niles is down in pain after an awkward collision with Fuchs.
Danny Welbeck has to make way for Shkodran Mustafi to compensate for the sending-off.
Iheanacho's blast from just outside the box is punched away by Cech.
Leicester continue to camp out in the Gunners' third.
They're attempting a defence-splitting through ball towards Vardy but he's a step offside.
Aubameyang finds some space on the break but can't control Mkhitaryan's pass.
Another decent feed from Diabate to Vardy but it's just a touch ahead of the striker and goes out for a goal kick.
Seems just like a matter of time until those passes towards Vardy and Iheanacho click and they make the Gunners pay.
Arsenal are mostly trying to pierce the opposition defence with quick counter attacks.
Iwobi finds Mkhitaryan near the penalty spot but the Armenian's effort didn't have a lot of power and Jakupovic made the save.
Aubameyang wins the rebound after a corner kick but his shot is deflected just wide!
Vardy wins a free kick in a great position for a right-footed shot.
Adrien Silva takes it but Cech, despite having a hard time seeing it and seemingly reacting late, makes the save.
Arsenal players swarm the ref after Fuchs' tackle on Mustafi that led to an Arsenal turnover in a dangerous area.
Another Leicester attack and Iheanacho fires but Cech comes up with another big save!
A cross from the left flank reaches Iheanacho right in front of goal but the ball is swept away from him!
Adrien Silva is rolling in pain in the Leicester box, holding his left knee. Not looking good at all.
Two minutes added on.
Silva is back on the pitch. There will be more time added on because of his injury.
That's it for the first half! A brutal half of football for the Gunners, who are again struggling away from the Emirates Stadium.
We're back underway!
Kolasinac's tight-angle shot goes off the post!
Leicester go three-on-two but Diabate's shit is tipped by Cech and then cleared off the goal line by Mustafi!
It's been a very lively start to the second half.
Leicester win a free-kick in a great position as Diabate is brought down by Mkhitaryan,
Mahrez's effort is held by Cech.
GOOOAAAL! Arsenal level!!! Maitland-Niles enters the box from the right flank and found Aubameyang in the middle. His first shot was saved by Jakupovic but then he potted his rebound!
Leicester push back after that goal, going to be interesting to see if Arsenal go for the win despite being a man down.
Leicester apply the high press and that seems to work.
Another through ball towards who is again just offside.
Mkhitaryan is down but gets up without medical assistance.
A long ball towards Mkhitaryan but his shot goes over the bar.
Mahrez wins a free-kick near the right corner flag.
Gray replaces Diabate.
Newly-introduced Gray draws a penalty after he was brought down by Mkhitaryan.
GOAL. Vardy gives Leicester the lead again.
The first booking of the match: Simpson has been cautioned.
Jakupovic denies Kolasinac's point-lank header!
Simpson limps off and Dragovic replaces him.
Nketiah comes on for Iwobi.
Mahrez is booked.
Iheanacho makes way for Barnes.
GOAL. Another quick break, Mahrez dribbles past Holding and beats Cech.
Five minutes added on.
An anti-climactic finish to this one after the third goal. Yet another away loss for the Gunners.
That's it! A horrible game from start to finish for Arsenal.
Kelechi Iheanacho Petr Čech
Shkodran Mustafi On Danny Welbeck Off
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Eldin Jakupović
Demarai Gray On Fousseni Diabaté Off
Jamie Vardy Petr Čech
Aleksandar Dragović On Danny Simpson Off
Edward Nketiah On Alex Iwobi Off
Harvey Barnes On Kelechi Iheanacho Off
Riyad Mahrez Petr Čech