Leicester 1 Arsenal 1
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hignett - a second half substitute - pounced in injury time to give the hosts an unlikely point as The Gunners ended the match with ten men after Ashley Cole was sent off for a dreadful challenge on Ben Thatcher.
Arsenal's first half display lacked spark in the absence of the injured Thierry Henry, with his young compatriot Jeremie Aliadiere handed the thankless task of filling the Frenchman's boots.
Leicester looked the better team for the opening 45 minutes and their aerial presence put the visiting defence under pressure with James Scowcroft heading a Riccardo Scimeca free kick across the face of goal.
Veteran striker Les Ferdinand then rounded Jens Lehmann but, from an acute angle, hopelessly skewed his shot wide while slightly off balance.
Aliadiere shot straight at Ian Walker and Callum Davidson curled a left-footed effort wide but neither goalkeeper was stretched during a poor first half.
After the interval, The Gunners forced Walker in to a superb save as the England keeper got his fingertips to Gilberto Silva's swerving 25-yard effort.
On the hour mark, the visitors made the breakthrough as Dennis Bergkamp escaped down the left flank and delivered a precise cross into the area for the unmarked Gilberto Silva to head beyond a helpless Walker.
The Brazilian came agonisingly close to a second goal when his acrobatic volley from Bergkamp's free kick was brilliantly pushed on to the post by Walker.
Inside the closing 20 minutes and England full back Cole was rightly sent off by referee Rob Styles for a horrific two-footed tackle on Leicester defender Thatcher.
Just as Leicester's endeavour appeared to be bearing little fruit, they salvaged a point deep into injury time through substitute Hignett.
Andy Impey pumped the ball into the box, Scowcroft nodded down and Hignett was allowed to steal in to guide the ball beyond Lehmann with Pascal Cygan the man failing to pick up The Foxes' saviour.