Jammie Vardy header gives Leicester City first win at Arsenal in 47 years

Vardy header gives Leicester City first win at Arsenal in 47 years

Substitute Jamie Vardy’s late close range header was enough to secure victory for Leicester City at Arsenal’s home ground for the first time in 47 years on Sunday.

The win lifted Brendan Rogers’ side to fourth on 12 points in the English Premier League (EPL), while the Gunners stay in 10th place on nine after six games.

Arsenal were left ruing their failure to score in the first half hour when they pushed forward time and again.

They racked up 10 shots and six corner-kicks to Leicester City’s one and zero respectively.

The hosts had the ball in the net from a corner-kick in the fourth minute.

But replays showed at least three players offside as Alexandre Lacazette flicked it past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The hosts then almost scored when Kieran Tierney whipped in a cross which team captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed over.

They went even closer to opening the scoring a few minutes later when Alexandre Lacazette, standing in front of goal, somehow nodded another cross from Tierney wide of the far post.

Vardy, who came on with half an hour to play having missed Leicester City’s previous two games with a calf injury, broke the deadlock in the 80th minute.

He headed home Cengiz Under’s cross.

“We weathered a bit of a storm but then started getting into it and we’ve come away with a win. It’s big for us but it’s just the next game where we want to keep improving,” said Vardy.

The win gets Leicester City’s season back on track following league defeats by Aston Villa and West Ham United.

“We’ve had a couple of bad results and we wanted to put that right in the league. Luckily, I’ve come on and made an impact,” Vardy said.

“It gives us a little boost. The last two games in the league have not been good enough, but to come here and put in a performance like we have is great for the team.”

Vardy’s 11th Premier League goal against the Gunners —— more than any other player apart from Wayne Rooney —— gave his side their first win at Arsenal since September 1973.


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