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Sub Vardy helps Leicester beat Arsenal

Jamie Vardy has scored five goals at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, the most of any visiting player

Jamie Vardy has scored five goals at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League, the most of any visiting player

Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score a customary goal against Arsenal and send Leicester to within a point of the Premier League summit with a first win at the Gunners’ home since 1973.

Vardy, 33, had missed two games with a calf injury but was reintroduced after a largely sterile opening hour at Emirates Stadium and promptly ended a 262-minute Leicester goal drought in the league.

The former England international headed home fellow substitute Cengiz Under’s smart pass to bring up a remarkable 11th Premier League goal against Arsenal in 12 appearances. Only Wayne Rooney, with 12, has more goals.

Until Vardy’s arrival, Leicester had barely threatened but they have now won their opening three away league games for the first time.

Arsenal was disappointing and, despite dominating possession and having 12 shots on goal, never looked like seriously testing Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel as they slipped to a first home league defeat of 2020.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta criticised the decision to disallow an Alexandre Lacazette header for offside early in the first half.

“I’m really disappointed. We had it in our hands in the first half and I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed.

“They caught us with space at the back and in that moment we lost the game.”

By Tom Rostance BBC Sport

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