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Apr 28, 2019 at 12pm UK at ​King Power Stadium (Leicester, Leicestershire)
Attendance: 32,037
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Live Commentary: Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal - as it happened

Relive Sports Mole's live coverage as Leicester City register a 3-0 win over 10-man Arsenal in Sunday's Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium.
Live Commentary: Leicester 3-0 Arsenal - as it happened
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Leicester City have recorded a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in Sunday's Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium.

Arsenal were reduced to 10 men before half time as Ainsley Maitland-Niles picked up two yellow cards, and Leicester took full advantage after the break.

A Youri Tielemans header handed the Foxes a deserved lead, before two late goals from Jamie Vardy condemned Arsenal to a third straight defeat.

Find out how all of the action unfolded in the East Midlands courtesy of Sports Mole's minute-by-minute updates below.

Hello and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the match in the Premier League between Leicester City and Arsenal. The Gunners have already suffered defeat in the Midlands this week, but can Unai Emery's side return to winning ways against a side chasing a spot in next season's Europa League? The two sets of players are making their way out onto the pitch at the King Power Stadium so let's see who features in each starting lineup...

LEICESTER CITY XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudbury, Ndidi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Vardy

LEICESTER CITY SUBSTITUTES: Ward, Fuchs, Soyuncu, Mendy, Gray, Barnes, Iheanacho

ARSENAL XI: Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Torreira, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang; Lacazette

ARSENAL SUBSTITUTES: Cech, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Nketiah

KICKOFF:  Arsenal get us underway!

Leicester win an early free kick on the left, and the resulting delivery causes havoc in the Arsenal penalty area. Ndidi is provided with half an opening, but the visitors just about manage to get the ball clear.

Arsenal have began this game in a 4-4-2 formation, and it is allowing Leicester to see far more of the ball in these early stages.

Arsenal go down the other end with Aubameyang creating a chance for Iwobi, but the midfielder's header at the near post is deflected away from the near post. Nothing came from the resulting corner.

CHANCE!  Leicester win another free kick from a deep position and the ball into the box finds Evans, who is the sole player to beat the offside trap. However, the centre-back's header goes straight at Leno.

YELLOW CARD!  Maitland-Niles goes into the book for barging Chilwell over on the left flank. Maybe a bit harsh at this stage...

We are currently having a break in play while Torreira receives treatment after receiving a boot to his chest from Choudhury. Arsenal need it because Leicester are getting on top.

SHOT!  The game gets back underway and Leicester go straight back onto the attack. The ball fell invitingly for Tielemans on the edge of the area, but the Belgian dragged his volley well wide of the post.

YELLOW CARD!  Ndidi joins Maitland-Niles in the book after catching Xhaka on the shin with his studs. This challenge definitely warranted a caution.

Arsenal look to have no confidence at the back. Leicester look like they are going to create an opportunity each time that they press forward.

The Gunners manage a rare attack at the other end of the pitch, but the move breaks down with Evans hitting the ball against Kolasinac to win a goal kick.

SHOT!  Leicester hit straight back with Maddison being provided with space on the edge of the area, but the playmaker drags a low shot from 20 yards marginally wide of Leno's right-hand post.

It feels only a matter of time before Leicester take the lead. They still haven't really created a clear-cut chance inside the area, but Arsenal are only inviting pressure upon themselves with individual errors.

CHANCE!  Just like that, Arsenal almost take the lead. Iwobi's cross from the left found the run of Lacazette at the back post, but the forward miscued a volley from 12 yards just wide of Schmeichel's post.

Lacazette picked up a knock when taking his shot a couple of minutes ago, and he has not looked right since. It's currently unclear whether the Frenchman will be able to continue, but he is plodding on for now.

CHANCE!  Leicester continue to look a threat going forward and Vardy is able to pick out the run of Maddison with a through-ball. The playmaker is moving away from goal, but the Englishman still forces Leno into a smart stop to his right.

CHANCE!  Leno keeps Arsenal on level terms with a super save. A corner from the right is met by Ndidi, but the midfielder's header is clawed away from the top corner by the German stopper.

We have reached the half-hour mark without seeing a goal, but I'm not sure how! Leicester have controlled this game, but Arsenal have also missed out on taking the lead through that chance for Lacazette.

CHANCE!  Yet another opening for Leicester. Vardy gets in behind the Arsenal backline and superbly brings the ball under control. However, the striker can only fire his shot over the crossbar after beating Leno to the ball.

Arsenal break forward down the left and Iwobi is expecting Kolasinac to be on the over-lap. However, the Bosnian is nowhere to be seen when the pass is made. The Leicester fans enjoyed that.

CHANCE!  This time, Arsenal do get it right going forward. Aubameyang finds himself one on one with the defender but instead opts to play in Iwobi. The Nigeria international only has Schmeichel to beat from 12 yards out, but the goalkeeper makes a timely block.

RED CARD!  Arsenal have been reduced to 10 men. Maitland-Niles has been dismissed for a second yellow card after tripping Maddison on the halfway line. It's a definite caution, but there is an argument that the right-back should not have been booked earlier in the game.

Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles questions his red card against Leicester City in the Premier League on April 28, 2019.© Reuters

It's a big ask of Arsenal to get anything from this game. They haven't looked great with 11 men, so their task has only been made much tougher. First things first, they need to reach half time on level terms.

Mkhitaryan is playing at right wing-back for now, with Kolasinac moving inside to form a back three. That will surely change at the break given Emery's options on the bench.

CHANCE!  Leicester continue to knock at the door with Tielemans managing to pick out the run of Vardy. The forward gets his shot away, but Leno makes a decent save at his near post.

Arsenal are still pressing forward. It seems crazy at this stage of the contest! Leicester win back possession and quickly earn a corner.

Nothing came from the resulting set piece. There will be two minutes of added-on time.

HALF TIME:  Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal

The half-time whistle goes at the King Power Stadium and we remain goalless. However, Arsenal have been second-best for the majority of the opening 45 minutes, while they have also been reduced to 10 men after two yellow cards for Maitland-Niles. The game is there for the taking for Leicester, who have been excellent.

It is one-way traffic as far as our players stats are concerned, but click here to see who has impressed for Leicester.

A quick reminder of the two benches...

LEICESTER CITY SUBSTITUTES: Ward, Fuchs, Soyuncu, Mendy, Gray, Barnes, Iheanacho

ARSENAL SUBSTITUTES: Cech, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Elneny, Guendouzi, Willock, Nketiah

KICKOFF:  Leicester get us back underway. Both teams have made an alteration, however. Leicester have introduced Barnes for Ndidi, while Arsenal centre-back Koscielny is on for Iwobi.

You already get the feeling that this could soon turn into a game of attack versus defence. Arsenal already look over-run at the back, despite the introduction of Koscielny.

Arsenal put together an attack which ends with Lacazette firing a shot straight at Evans, but Leicester counter with intent. It has shown the Gunners that they are taking risks by attempting to open the scoring.

Torreira and Xhaka are putting in a strong shift for Arsenal in the middle of the park, but you feel that they may run out of steam at some stage. They are not getting a lot of help from their teammates.

Emery remains agitated on the touchline, but his side have somehow managed to reach this stage without conceding a goal. The Spaniard will take the positives from that, but there is still a long way to go.

Leicester put together a move down the right, but the ball is diverted into the grateful hands of Leno by one of his teammates. Leicester are building some momentum, however.


Leicester City's Youri Tielemans scores against Arsenal in the Premier League on April 28, 2019.© Reuters

GOAL!  It had been coming. Maddison picks out the run of Tielemans with a peach of a cross, and the Belgian does the rest with a bullet header into the bottom corner from 10 yards out. Leno had no chance.

Emery now needs to decide whether to take more risks going forward. He has limited options on the bench, but Nketiah suggested against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night that he can have an impact in the closing quarter of a game.

We still have 27 minutes left, but some of these Arsenal players really look drained. It may be wise for Emery to start thinking about their Europa League fixture with Valencia on Thursday night.

YELLOW CARD!  Sokratis and Pereira both go into the book for separate fouls. Emery is also getting a talking to on the touchline.

Leicester have a free kick in shooting distance. Tielemans and Maddison both take an interest, but the former can only fire his attempt into the wall.

Not a lot has happened over the past few minutes, but Leicester are largely keeping Arsenal penned in their own half. The Gunners appear to be trying to keep within one goal for as long as possible before throwing caution to the wind in the final 10 minutes.

YELLOW CARD!  Chilwell becomes the latest player to go into the book for a cynical trip on Sokratis.

PENALTY APPEAL!  Arsenal want a penalty when Evans catches Torreira with an elbow inside the area, but the referee isn't interested. There was contact, however.

SHOT!  What a goal this would have been! Tielemans attempts to find the far top corner from 30 yards out, but the ball goes inches wide of the far post. Leno was beaten.

CHANCE!  Two more chances for Leicester. Two more saves from Leno, who does well to keep out Pereira and Albrighton.

SUBSTITUTION! Arsenal make a second change with Guendouzi taking the place of Mkhitaryan.

Arsenal are still having their moments going forward, but it is a surprise that Emery has not decided to send on Nketiah. Introducing Guendouzi for Mkhitaryan is a bit of a strange one.

SUBSTITUTION! Here he comes, with the youngster replacing Lacazette. Leicester are also making an alteration with Mendy coming on for Choudhury.

CHANCE!  Leicester have more joy down one of the flanks with a low cross being provided for Vardy around eight yards out. However, the frontman miscues his first-time effort and Leno is able to claim with minimal fuss.

Arsenal have been outclassed in this game, but you have to pay the Gunners credit for reaching this stage having only conceded one goal. They have had to ride their luck at times, but they are making Leicester fight for the three points.

The Gunners apply some pressure with Maguire having to react quickly to prevent a tap in for Nketiah, while the resulting corner also caused problems for the Foxes.

SUBSTITUTION! Leicester make their final switch with Gray coming on for Albrighton.


Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores against Arsenal in the Premier League on April 28, 2019.© Reuters

GOAL!  Game over. A long ball from Schmeichel goes over the top of the Arsenal defence and Vardy is in the clear. The striker hits the crossbar with a lob, but the rebound is headed into the net from close range.

Leicester still want a third goal, but Arsenal are just about keeping them at bay. Goal difference could play a part in both clubs achieving their end-of-season targets.

There will be four minutes of added-on time.

CHANCE!  Leicester should make it three when Barnes is played through on goal, but the youngster can only fire straight at Leno from 14 yards out.


GOAL!  The referee allows the game to continue into a fifth minute of added-on time, and Leicester capitalise with a third goal. Pereira advances into the penalty area before crossing for Vardy, who has the simple task of converting from inside the six-yard box.

FULL TIME:  Leicester City 3-0 Arsenal

The full-time whistle goes at the King Power Stadium and Leicester have wrapped up a dominant 3-0 win. Arsenal were restricted due to the sending off of Maitland-Niles, but the Foxes were the better team from the opening whistle. Leicester now sit in eighth position, while Arsenal remain in fifth spot.

That will be all from Sports Mole for this match. Thank you for joining us this afternoon, and we hope that you can stick around for the game involving Burnley and Manchester City.

If you would like to read our on-the-whistle match report, you can do so by clicking here. Goodbye for now.

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