Leicester City defeated Arsenal 2-0, in the closing fixture of Saturday’s Premier League program. The Foxes routed their opponents with James Madison and Jamie Vardy scoring one goal each, both of them in the second halftime.
The hosts completely deserved to win this one, as they dominated throughout the whole game, setting the pace and constantly threatening Leno’s goal. The Foxes had 7 shots on goal, compared to only one provided by the guests.
However, there weren’t any scores in the opening 45 minutes, although the home team had a few excellent opportunities to strike. At one point, it seemed that it is only a matter of time before Leicester breaks the ice, but unfortunately for the majority of spectators at the Kings Power stadium, that didn’t happen.
The resiliency of the former champions did produce results in the second half eventually.
It was the 68th minute when Vardy finished an excellent action of his teammates. A couple of precise and quick passes in the box, and in the end, Tielemans’ assist to the leader of the hosts who was alone in front of the net.
“We knew it was going to be tough. There were chances for both teams. The boss said it was going to be about patience, keep working it, getting it out wide. And we managed to get two goals,” said Leicester’s striker.
Just four minutes later, Vardy had a chance to score again. He received the ball on the right side and fired a powerful shot, which was denied by Leno.
But the Gunners couldn’t escape from their destiny tonight. Shortly after all the described, James Maddison doubled the lead of the hosts. It was a little bit of magic displayed by the young English midfielder. After receiving a pass inside the box, he shifted the ball from one leg onto another and instantly pulled the trigger leaving Leno helpless.
It was a knockout for Arsenal, whose fans showed frustration by leaving the stadium. On the other side, the home supporters were chanting happy that their team reached the second place in the standings, for at least one night. Leicester has 26 points, same as Chelsea, who earlier defeated Crystal Palace. Man City is fourth with 25 points, while Liverpool sits first with 31, and these teams have a clash tomorrow.
Still, for Vardy, the current situation doesn’t have to mean anything, as there are still many games to take place. He also added that after a tough few weeks, his teammates and himself are looking forward to getting a few days off due to the international break.
“There’s a long way to go,” he stated. “We look forward to the international break and a few days off. Then we’ll come back, ready to go for the next one. We’ve got to take each game as it comes, it’s a long slog. We’ll keep working hard.”
Jamie Vardy has now scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal (9) than Didier Drogba. 😱 pic.twitter.com/aFrPLMsawy
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Arsenal, however, is not looking good at all, and the pressure on Unai Emery is pilling up. The Spanish manager is awfully close to being fired, and if something isn’t changed radically over an upcoming couple of weeks, we might see him leave the Emirates.
“We are behind Leicester and Chelsea, but we must take confidence. In 38 matches, little by little, we will get better, we need time, we changed a lot of players; we are ambitious, but we need time,” told the Spaniard during the post-game interview.
The Gunners are tied at fifth place with Sheffield United with 17 points, and already have 14 fewer than the leaders Liverpool. But what is more dangerous is the fact that they lose pace with the rivals for the Champions League place. After last season’s finish in which they managed to mess what seemed impossible and slip down below the UCL zone, another failure would be disastrous for his club.
Tomorrow we have a big derby between Liverpool and Manchester City, so stay tuned and follow WagerBop.com.
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