Tame Gunners fail to beat Foxes in 1-1 draw at King Power
Below par Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw against newly promoted Leicester City at the King Power Stadium this afternoon.
In a below par display the Gunners took the lead in the twentieth minute through Alexis, with the Foxes equalising through Ulloa three minutes later.
Arsenal enjoyed plenty of possession in the match, but lacked a cutting edge against a well organised and committed Leicester City side, who well deserved their first point on their return to the Premier League.
Aaron Ramsey returned to the starting eleven in place of Jack Wilshere made way, with the much maligned Yaya Sanogo also coming into the side for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arsenal started well , with Aaron Ramsey having a shot deflected by Liam Moore for a corner.
Jeffrey Schlupp and Laurent Koscielny then collided while going for a high ball.
Koscielny had to leave the field for treatment to a cut on his head. He returned to the pitch in a bandage last seen being worn by Basil Fawlty in the 1970s.
Arsenal took the lead in the twentieth minute as the largely ineffective Santi Cazorla made his one telling contribution with a ball over the top of the Leicester defence.
Yaya poked out a leg to send the ball towards the goal, with Foxes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel spilling the ball into the path of Sanchez who fired home to give the Gunners the lead.
Three minutes later Leicester were level. Schlupp easily went past Mertesacker and produced a perfect cross over the head of Koscielny for Ulloa to head home past Wojciech Szczesny.
Koscielny was mmediately replaced by Calum Chambers.
It had been a surprise that he had returned to the field after sustaining the head injury.
There were no clear-cut chances for the remainder of the first half. Arsenal were enjoying plenty of possession but creating little and Leicester defending deep and looking threatening on the counter-attack.
Leicester created the first chance of the second half when after an excellent move Ulloa turned inside Chambers but hit his shot into the side netting.
Sanogo came closest for the Gunners with Schmeichel coming out quickly saving the goal-bound shot with his feet.
Leicester continued to look dangerous with James Vardy shot saved by Szczesny, to keep the Gunners on level terms.
Sanogo and Cazorla were replaced in the 77th minute by Podolski and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The travelling Arsenal fans had been making their feelings known to Arsene Wenger about signing a striker before the transfer window closes tomorrow night.
In truth, it was an all round tepid display by the Gunners. They looked vulnerable at the back, very open in midfield to the counter-attack and lacked creativity in midfield to create chances for Sanogo and Sanchez.
lIt could have been worse as Leicester came closest to finding a winner, when Danny Drinkwater fired a shot just wide.
Arsenal: Szczesny 6, Debuchy 6, Mertesacker 6, Koscielny 5 (Chambers 26, 6), Monreal 6, Flamini 6 , Sanchez 7, Ramsey 6, Cazorla 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77, 4), Ozil 5, Sanogo 6 (Podolski 77, 4).
Unused Substitutes: Martinez, Rosicky, Campbell.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.