He did it again! Jamie Vardy wheels away after getting Leicester in front in their first ever away win at Arsenal in the premier league. (...
|He did it again! Jamie Vardy wheels away after getting Leicester in front in their first ever away win at Arsenal in the premier league. (Photo credit: premierleague.com)|
The fox in the box was away, wounded in battle and needed some days off in the wilderness, hungry as ever, his favorite meal would be the perfect reward on return…
Jamie Vardy enjoys playing against Arsenal, he always scores against Arsenal and he did it again late on Sunday night at the Emirates. Leicester had tried in vain for decades against Arsenal away from home, recent turn in fortunes means Leicester can now go toe to toe with Arsenal and expect result, in fact, it was the victory over the Gunners last winter that necessitated the sacking of Unai Emery, months on, Arsenal are still seeking identity.
Mikel Arteta handed summer recruit, Thomas Partey his home debut and reverted to four at the back with David Luiz partnering the highly effective Gabriel Maghaeles at the back, flanked by Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney; Arsenal were the dominant team in the early stages and thought they were off the mark when Alexander Lacazette headed home from a Ceballos corner but the flag went up.
There are so many calls to question from the VAR and this definitely was one of them, replay shows Arsenal’s early goal should have stood but the VAR wasn’t having it. Arsenal kept pressuring Leicester’s goal but the Foxes stood firm, Brendan Rodgers’ side sat deep and were happy to counter Arsenal, the midfield was all Arsenal throughout the first half but all amounted to nothing.
Arsenal’s standout player in the first half was arguably David Luiz, he kept floating dangerous balls up field and Bellerin should have done better when he had the chance to cut in, Lacazette had a sitter missed and Saka had his shot saved at the near post by Kasper Schmeichel. Disaster then struck at the start of the second half, David Luiz limped off injured and on came Skhodran Mustafi.
Leicester introduced Jamie Vardy on the hour mark, by then, the Foxes were growing into the game, Arsenal still had the best chance when Pierre Emerick Aubameyang flew one into the box and was well met by Bellerin whose shot was straight at the Dane in Leicester’s goal. With ten minutes left, Cengiz Under found himself in space, he crossed cleanly for Vardy who made no mistake from six yards out with Leno in no man’s land.
Vardy’s 11th goal in 12 appearances against Arsenal took Leicester to 4th on the table, Arsenal are spiraling down and they next travel to Old Trafford, questions will be asked of Arteta, what will be his response?