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Sanchez breaks duck but Arsenal held by Leicester

The French striker could not find a way past Kasper Schmeichel from Santi Cazorla’s dinked pass.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey (right) and Arsenal's Per Mertesacker (left) dejected after the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey (right) and Arsenal's Per Mertesacker (left) dejected after the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium.
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WITH OLIVIER GIROUD sidelined by a broken tibia, Yaya Sanogo started up front for Arsenal at promoted Leicester and he played a central role in the visitors’ 20th-minute opener, as the Gunners ultimately drew 1-1 with the newly promoted side.

The French striker could not find a way past Kasper Schmeichel from Santi Cazorla’s dinked pass, but Alexis Sanchez followed up to slam home his first league goal since signing from Barcelona.

Arsenal’s lead was to last only two minutes, however, as Jeff Schlupp motored down the left wing before delivering an inviting cross that Leonardo Ulloa powered past Wojciech Szczesny with a firm header.

Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny hurt himself in a clash of heads with Schlupp when the score was still 0-0 and he made way for Calum Chambers shortly after Ulloa’s goal.

Leicester came closest to scoring a winner, but Ulloa clipped an effort into the side-netting after cutting inside Chambers and Szczesny produced a diving save to thwart substitute Jamie Vardy.

The result left Arsene Wenger’s side four points below leaders Chelsea in seventh place in the table, while Leicester moved up to 15th.

In the day’s other game, Aston Villa won 2-1 at home to Hull City to maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign and climb to third place in the early-season standings.

Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann put the hosts two up at half-time at Villa Park, with Nikica Jelavic replying for previously unbeaten Hull in the 74th minute.

Chelsea will go into the international break above Swansea City on goal difference at the top of the table after an engrossing 6-3 win at Everton on Saturday, in which new striker Diego Costa scored twice.

Mame Biram Diouf claimed the only goal as Stoke City pulled off a surprise 1-0 win at Manchester City, while Angel di Maria made his debut for Manchester United in a 0-0 draw at Burnley.

- © AFP, 2014

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