Arsenal kicked off the play in the first half but it was Leicester City who were on the attack with Jamie Vardy panicking the gunners’ defences into conceding an early corner. A great start from the foxes however nothing came from the corner.
The home support throughout the first half was excellent with the fans very vocal about Jamie Vardy’s stance on turning down a contract from the London giants.
During the 13th minute we saw a glimpse of the magic that Riyad Mahrez brought to the King Power stadium last season as he looked to turn Arsenal left back Nacho Monreal inside out after beating the defender, he overhit his cross but his play has been very positive early on.
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The 23rd minute saw Arsenal’s defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin get his second yellow card in two games, he’ll have to keep his cool throughout the match as the Frenchman is known to get sent off. Luckily for Arsenal they have new £30m signing Xhaka who loves a good tackle, so they’ll hope he takes the reigns.
After half an hour, Leicester City look to have learned from their naivety when playing against Hull City last week.
Kasper Schmeichel made a fantastic save in the 31st minute after a floating cross from Cazorla came in, with nobody getting a touch on it he dived athletically to put the ball out of danger, unlike last week when he sent it into Hernandez’ direction which led to Hull’s first goal.
The last 6 minutes led to one controversy after another.
The 39th minute saw a terrible tackle from Coquelin who is already on a yellow card. Luckily for the Frenchman, Mark Clattenberg gave him a warning. On another day with another referee he could have easily seen himself getting sent off with a second yellow.
Just 3 minutes later we saw Drinkwater get taken down in the box by Arsenal centre-back Koscielny, whether he got a touch on the ball or not is to be debated as it is very close.
It’s understandable that Clattenberg gave the benefit of the doubt as even with replay’s it’s unsure but Leicester City can be felt hard done by.
Half time saw the two sides go into the dressing rooms in a stalemate.
Next: Second Half