Leicester 0 Arsenal 1 LIVE: Martinelli fires table-toppers ahead but suffers injury in process

ARSENAL are leading Leicester in their crunch Premier League clash thanks to Gabriel Martinelli’s strike.

The Gunners thought they were ahead in the first half but Leandro Trossard’s goal was chalked out after Ben White appeared to hold goalkeeper Danny Ward’s arm.

And the Gunners made a touching gesture to give Oleksandr Zinchenko captaincy a year on from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

  • Kick-off time: 3pm GMT
  • TV channel: Not televised in the UK
  • Leicester XI: Ward; Castagne, Souttar, Faes, Kristiansen; Dewsbury-Hall, Ndidil; Tete, Praet, Barnes; Iheanacho
  • Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Odegaard, Jorginho, Xhaka; Saka, Trossard, Martinelli


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  • Leicester 0-1 Arsenal

    56. This would be another big win for The Gunners.

    With Man City playing later today, the pressure will be on.

    The visitors are probing, looking for that second goal.

    Martinelli squares the ball for Saka to knock in but immediately the linesman’s flag goes up.

  • Leicester 0-1 Arsenal

    54. Xhaka is fouled in a wide position by Tete.

    Chance for the visitors to put another ball in the box.

    They have to send the centre backs forward as they have little aerial presence without them.

  • Leicester 0-1 Arsenal

    52. When the Premier League were clamping down on simulation it seemed to rid us of the outlandish reactions to challenges.

    On this occasion, there was definite contact on the Arsenal man.

    Barnes crosses to back post but Zinchenko does well to prevent Tete getting to it.

  • Leicester 0-1 Arsenal

    50. For the neutral that goal should open this game up.

    Leicester need to come at the league leaders now.

    Martinelli’s miraculous recovery seems to be going well.

  • Leicester 0-1 Arsenal

    48. The replay shows there was no intent by the Leicester man.

    The Arsenal winger is back on his feet after some treatment.

    Players nowadays make it look a career-ending injury with their reactions.

    The boy who cried wolf springs to mind.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Leicester 0-1 Arsenal

    46. Martinelli makes a great run down the left, beats his man and gets into the box.

    As Ward comes to meet him, he slots its passed the keeper into the far corner.

    He has stayed down and seems in some pain as Ndidi seems to stand on his knee after the goal.

  • Goal – Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal)

  • Kick-off: Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    We are back underway at the King Power.

    Neither side have made any changes at half-time.

    It is Leicester who get the second half started.

  • HT: Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Martin Odegaard is struggling to effect the game as he would like so far.

    It is that killer pass that is just lacking.

    Mikel Arteta needs his players to offer the Norwegian more options when he is on the ball.

  • HT: Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Brendan Rodgers will want to see more from his team.

    Despite Iheanacho finding the back of the net, the striker was well offside.

    Arsenal have dominated, but have rarely troubled Danny Ward in the Leicester goal.

  • HT: Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    The referee brings the half to a close.

    We are all level at the King Power Stadium.

    Much to the annoyance of Leandro Trossard.

  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    45+2. Odegaard’s free kick runs straight through harmlessly.

    That pretty much sums up the first half for the visitors.

    They need to try and get Saka into the game more.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    45. You do wonder at times whether Arsenal would be better off playing Zinchenko in the left side of the front three.

    He looks very accomplished coming forward.

    The Gunners have a free kick with a chance to get the ball into the Leicester box.

    We are going to have two minutes added.

  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    43. Mikel Arteta will not be pleased with his side’s output.

    While they have dominated possession the end product has been distinctly lacking.

    Martinelli is having a shocking first half.

  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    41. Odegaard almost gets onto the ball in the box.

    Faes notices the danger and heads the ball behind for a corner.

    Trossard’s corner finds Martinelli but he gets it all wrong.

  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal – Martinelli yellow card

    39. We have yet to have our first shot on target of the game.

    Trossard may disagree with that stat but sadly for him White’s antics cost him.

    Martinelli is shown a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Tete.

    Credit: PA
  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    37. Martinelli goes one way before faking a cross and turning the other way.

    It gets ridiculous as he does this five times with no end product.

    He needs to get the ball into the box quicker.

  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    35. Saka is spending more time on the deck in Arsenal games of late.

    The winger is being targeted with some rough challenges due to his form this season.

    Arteta needs to look to toughen up his winger as referees are noting that he sometimes go to ground all too easily.

  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    33. Arsenal are trying to turn the screw here.

    Saka goes down under the challenge of Souttar demanding a penalty.

    It would have been a soft-penalty to award that one.

  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    31. That was a good decision on reflection.

    It seemed there was nothing wrong to the naked eye at real-time but as the replay shows, White was impeding Ward.

    Iheanacho runs through and slots it passed Ramsdale but the offside flag immediately goes up.

  • Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    29. The referee is asked to go to the monitor by VAR.

    It is a good spot on this occasion.

    The replay shows that White is holding the arm of Ward in the build up and the goal is disallowed.

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  • Goal disallowed

  • VAR checking the build up play

  • Leicester 0-1 Arsenal

    27. Ward struggles to deal with the in-swinging corner.

    The ball comes out to Trossard who takes one touch to get the ball out of his feet in front of him.

    He bends it into the top corner from the edge of the box.

  • Goal – Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)