Arsenal 0-1 Leicester: Jamie Vardy seals smash-and-grab victory

Report as Leicester claim first Premier League away win at Arsenal; Jamie Vardy comes off bench to score winner with Foxes’ only attempt on target; It’s Leicester’s first win at Arsenal of any kind since 1973


Sunday 25 October 2020 21:34, UK

Leicester claimed their first away Premier League win at Arsenal as Jamie Vardy’s late header sealed a 1-0 smash-and-grab victory at Emirates Stadium.

Vardy headed in fellow substitute Cengiz Under’s cross with 10 minutes remaining as the Foxes beat the Gunners in their own back yard for the first time since 1973 with what was their only attempt on target.

Alexandre Lacazette had an early header ruled out for offside and he and strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were guilty of squandering a host of first-half opportunities as the Gunners slipped to a third defeat of the season.

Leicester’s victory was the 300th of Brendan Rodgers’ managerial career and lifts the Foxes up to fourth in the Premier League, three points clear of the Gunners, who remain 10th.

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Arsenal: Leno (6), Bellerin (6), Luiz (5), Gabriel (5), Tierney (7), Xhaka (6), Partey (7), Ceballos (5), Saka (5), Lacazette (5), Aubameyang (5).

Subs: Mustafi (5), Pepe (5), Nketiah (n/a).

Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Castagne (6), Fofana (7), Evans (8), Fuchs (7), Justin (6), Mendy (6), Tielemans (6), Praet (6), Barnes (5), Maddison (6).

Subs: Vardy (8), Under (7), Albrighton (n/a).

Man of the match: Jamie Vardy.

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How Foxes claimed famous Arsenal win

James Maddison gave Arsenal an early scare when his long-range effort hit the side-netting after Bernd Leno vacated his goal to clear before James Justin could break through on goal.


The Gunners looked to have got off to the perfect start when Lacazette flicked Dani Ceballos’ corner in off the post inside four minutes. But the Gunners’ celebrations were short-lived, with an instant offside flag penalising Granit Xhaka and Aubameyang for interfering with play, despite neither touching the ball.

Arsenal steadily built momentum and created a flurry of chances midway through the half. The majority of them came from the left boot of full-back Kieran Tierney, but Aubameyang and Lacazette sent headers over.

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Lacazette spurned the best chance of the half on 29 minutes when he somehow failed to get his head on Tierney’s venomous cross despite having the goal at this mercy from six yards.

Both sides jostled for early momentum in the second half before the introduction of Vardy swung the game crucially in Leicester’s favour.

Things could have been different had Hector Bellerin volleyed Aubameyang’s cross either side of Kasper Schmeichel on 68 minutes instead of straight at him, but the passing of that chance left the stage for Vardy to leave his mark.

Substitute Under span brilliantly away from the Arsenal defence to latch onto a ball in behind and he selflessly squared for Vardy to nod home to the winner.

Vardy could have put further gloss on the victory had he not been denied by Leno with a late one-on-one, but the damage was already done as the Foxes left London basking in the glory of a famous victory 47 years in the making.

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  • Leicester picked up their first away win at Arsenal since September 1973, ending a run of 27 games without an away victory against them in all competitions.
  • Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored five goals at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League; the most of any visiting player (overtaking Harry Kane on four).
  • Arsenal suffered their first Premier League home defeat of 2020, with this their first loss at the Emirates Stadium in the competition since Mikel Arteta’s first home game in charge (1-2 v Chelsea in December 2019).
  • This was Leicester’s fourth victory in the Premier League this season; their joint-most after six games of a top-flight campaign, having also won four of their opening six in 2000-01.
  • Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has scored 11 goals in 12 Premier League games against Arsenal – only Wayne Rooney (12) has netted more against the Gunners in the competition.
  • Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has gone five league matches without a goal for the first time since November 2014, while playing for Borussia Dortmund.

What’s next?

Manchester United

Arsenal host Dundalk in the Europa League on Thursday at 8pm, before travelling to Manchester United on Super Sunday at 4.30pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Leeds United
Leicester City

Leicester travel to AEK Athens in the Europa League at 5.55pm on Thursday before making the trip to Leeds on Monday Night Football at 8pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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