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Key events Show 2.20pm EST 14:20 FULL TIME: Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal 2.03pm EST 14:03 GOAL! Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal (Maddison 75) 1.55pm EST 13:55 GOAL! Leicester City 1-0 Arsenal (Vardy 68) 1.18pm EST 13:18 HALF TIME: Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal 11.32am EST 11:32 The teams 6.29am EST 06:29 Preamble Live feed Show

2.20pm EST 14:20

FULL TIME: Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal

The 2015-16 champions go second, after a fully deserved victory over Arsenal!

2.18pm EST 14:18

90 min: Vardy looks to have hurt his wrist, or maybe his shoulder, upon falling. He winces in pain, a blotch on Leicester’s otherwise perfect day. But he insists on playing on, so hopefully it’s not too serious. There’s an international break coming up, so he’ll have time to recover. There will be three minutes of added time.

Updated at 2.19pm EST

2.16pm EST 14:16

88 min: Bellerin is booked for a cynical shove on Vardy as Leicester pile forward. “I feel like Arsenal are improving. At least we haven’t thrown away the lead in this match.” Graham Fulcher there, despite all the rain remaining tinder-dry.

2.13pm EST 14:13

86 min: Pepe rather rashly shoves Chilwell in the throat as the pair attempt to iron out their differences over a garden variety free kick in the midfield. The referee shows leniency, telling the pair to stop playing silly buggers, grown men and all. We play on.

2.12pm EST 14:12

84 min: It gets worse for Arsenal and Emery. The home support are giving it the old olés now, as their heroes play keep-ball.

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2.10pm EST 14:10

82 min: The home side are utterly dominant now, coming at Arsenal from all angles. A third goal wouldn’t flatter them; they’ve been magnificent in this second half. The Leicester fans chime up a chorus of You’re Getting Sacked In The Morning. Poor Unai. At least I assume it’s the Leicester fans.

2.07pm EST 14:07

80 min: From the third corner, Johnny Evans briefly contemplates an overhead kick, but thinks twice. Shame. Then Unai Emery makes another attacking change: Joe Willock comes on for Lucas Torreira.

2.06pm EST 14:06

79 min: Leicester win a corner out on the right. One leads to another. Then from the second, the ball smacks Guendouzi flush in the coupon, and nearly sails into the top right. He’s very fortunate to see the ball fly millimetres wide.

2.04pm EST 14:04

77 min: Make no mistake, Leicester are in this title race. They’re very easy on the eye. Tielemans tries to make it three with a whack from distance, but it’s always going wide. Meanwhile Arsenal are forced into an attacking roll of the dice, taking off Rob Holding and sending on Nicolas Pepe.

2.03pm EST 14:03

GOAL! Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal (Maddison 75)

What a finish this is! Vardy chases Praet’s right-to-left pass into the Arsenal box. He pulls back for Maddison, who shifts his feet with a super-fast shuffle and immediately fires a low heatseeker into the bottom left! Leno had no chance whatsoever! That was sensational improvisation!

Updated at 2.11pm EST

2.01pm EST 14:01

74 min: Luiz has a little nibble at Vardy in the centre circle. A cheeky clip on the ankle. Vardy lets the sting subside and he’s fine to continue, but he’s not happy.

2.00pm EST 14:00

73 min: Leicester make their second change of the evening, and it’s a defensive one, taking off Harvey Barnes and sending on the more defensively minded Dennis Praet.

1.59pm EST 13:59

72 min: Leicester go up the other end and nearly seal the deal, Gray feeding Vardy down the inside-right channel. It’s a perfectly weighted pass, allowing Vardy to run onto it and give it the full belt with extreme prejudice. His fierce shot is well parried by Leno, who keeps Arsenal in this match.

1.58pm EST 13:58

71 min: Arsenal have picked up the pace since conceding. Some space for Bellerin down the right, found by Lacazette. His low ball into the centre is smothered by Schmeichel.

1.56pm EST 13:56

70 min: As things stand, Leicester City are going second, and Arsenal are staying in sixth spot, without a win in five. Great news for Arsenal Fan TV ... and for Jamie Vardy, who is one clear of Tammy Abraham in the Premier League scoring charts, with 11 already this season.

1.55pm EST 13:55

GOAL! Leicester City 1-0 Arsenal (Vardy 68)

This is a lovely goal. Pereira makes ground down the right and finds Barnes, just inside the box. Barnes flicks the ball to Tielemans, who rolls a first-time pass across the face of goal, teeing up Vardy. He slams into the bottom left, giving Leno no chance!

Updated at 2.02pm EST

1.53pm EST 13:53

65 min: Ndidi dinks a pass down the inside-right channel that hits Guendouzi on the arm. Leicester want a penalty kick, but we’ve already ascertained that the VAR guy is kipping under the desk. Then Gray has a skedaddle down the right, but can’t find anyone with his cross.

1.52pm EST 13:52

63 min: Nothing comes from the resulting set piece. And hey, while we’re on the subject of tipped cigarettes that cost just three and tuppence for 20, here’s our very own Richard Williams: “Well done for finding the ‘You’re never alone with a Strand’ ad, Scott. It was, of course, a famously disastrous campaign: instead of making men feel that a packet of Strands would imbue them with the existential allure of, say, Albert Camus or Alain Delon, it sent out the message that if you smoked Strands, you’d be doing so strictly by yourself. There may be an Özil-related message there, too.”

1.50pm EST 13:50

62 min: Leicester are opened up with great ease, Luiz caressing a long pass down the centre to find Aubameyang all alone on the penalty spot. Perhaps the striker’s cadged a Strand from Ozil. But he’s uncharacteristically slow to react, chesting down and allowing Pereira to toe-poke out for a corner before he can shoot.

1.46pm EST 13:46

60 min: Leicester make the first change of the evening, replacing Ayoze Perez with Demarai Gray.

1.45pm EST 13:45

58 min: That was all a bit wild. Leicester try to establish some control with some patient passing in the middle of the park. They don’t go anywhere, but that’s not really the point.

1.43pm EST 13:43

56 min: Evans is booked for an earlier slide on Ozil. He can have no complaints.

1.42pm EST 13:42

55 min: Aubameyang has the ball in Leicester’s net, but the flag goes up for offside. Ozil is sent scampering down the left. He whips low for the striker, who sidefoots powerfully into the bottom right. But no goal, and that’s the correct decision; Aubameyang was clearly ahead of the last man.

Updated at 1.53pm EST

1.40pm EST 13:40

53 min: Barnes skedaddles down the left and tees up Tielemans, who can’t get a shot away from the edge of the box. Maddison tries to flick Perez clear on the right, but Holding isn’t giving him room. Maddison falls and wants a free kick. He’s not getting it, rightly so, and Arsenal go up the other end, Bellerin nearly finding the top right with a rising heatseeker from 25 yards. It’s fun, this.

1.38pm EST 13:38

51 min: Arsenal haven’t done much since the restart. Luiz takes matters into his own hands, barging down the middle of the park and attempting a curler towards the bottom left. It’s always sailing wide of the post, but that was entertainingly rambunctious.

1.36pm EST 13:36

49 min: Barnes dances down the left into space, a fine run. But his cross is too strong. Perez recycles possession, and Pereira is sent skittering down the right. He reaches the byline and pulls one back for Ndidi, who has to score, on the penalty spot. He leans back and sidefoots towards the top left ... but the ball twangs off the crossbar and away! That’s a poor miss. Leicester should be leading.

1.34pm EST 13:34

47 min: A garden variety free kick in the midfield as Ozil tugs at Maddison’s shoulder. A useful counterpoint to Guendouzi’s earlier yank on Soyuncu, and the VAR dude’s reluctance to award a penalty.

1.32pm EST 13:32

46 min: Leicester are almost immediately on the attack, stripping a snoozing Guendouzi of the ball. Perez dribbles at speed down the right and very nearly feeds Vardy down the inside-right channel. Not quite.

1.31pm EST 13:31

Two sets of freshly laundered players return to the pitch ... and Arsenal get the ball rolling for the second half. No changes.

1.27pm EST 13:27

Half-time advertisement. Stephen Carr suggests that “Mesut Özil’s heat map resembles a lonely sheep farmer roaming the moors at midnight smoking a cigarette.” Yes, that pretty much nails it. A performance of verve and energy not wholly dissimilar to this:

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1.18pm EST 13:18

HALF TIME: Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal

The whistle goes. Everyone looks happy enough, given the driving rain. Warm towels! Fresh kit!

1.17pm EST 13:17

45 min: A very strange header by Barnes, who attempts to flick Chilwell’s left-wing cross towards the top right ... only for the ball to slap him on the side of his face as he’s making the movement. The mistimed header costs Leicester the half-time lead, because that was a golden chance, six yards out.

1.15pm EST 13:15

44 min: Lacazette falls onto the ball and shields it. Ndidi tries to kick it away from under him, but accidentally toe-punts the striker on the nip. Ooyah, ow, oof. That’ll sting. The ref takes no action, and Lacazette springs back up quickly enough.

1.12pm EST 13:12

42 min: Maddison whips one towards the top left. Leno is nowhere near it, so he’s fortunate to see the ball ripple the side netting, missing the corner by inches.

1.11pm EST 13:11

40 min: Maddison nearly springs Barnes into the box down the inside-left channel. Barnes is forced to check back. Another go for Maddison, who is quickly upended by Torreira, who slides in hysterically across the greasy turf. He’s fortunate not to go in the book. A free kick in a dangerous position, though, just to the left of the D.

1.09pm EST 13:09

38 min: Bellerin scoops a ball into the Leicester box, forcing a back-pedalling Schmeichel to tip over the bar. Nothing comes of the resulting corner. Not entirely sure how this is still goalless. It can’t stay this way for long. Surely.

1.08pm EST 13:08

37 min: Barnes and Chilwell combine down the left. Chilwell crosses. Chambers slides in to deflect out for a corner with the box brimming with team-mates. From the set piece, Maddison and Tielemans try to replicate the famous Beckham-Scholes combo against Bradford City back in the day. Full marks for ambition, but Tielemans snatches at the volley and it flies well wide.

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