Jamie Vardy came off the bench to score a 80th minute winner to help Leicester to a 1-0 win over title hopefuls, Arsenal. Leicester manager, Brendan Rodgers fielded an unusual line-up with Europa League hero, Kelechi Iheanacho and reigning EPL golden boot winner, Vardy, on the bench while 22-year-old winger,Harvey Barnes, spearheaded the line.
Arsenal dominated proceedings in the first half and looked to be rewarded with a goal which was chucked off for offside. They ended the half with 11 shots compared with Leicester’s 1 but they seemed to lose steam in the second half, as they managed just 1 shot compared to Leicester’s 5.
The game came to live after the introduction of on-loan Turkish forward, Cengiz Under, who five minutes after coming on, unselfishly crossed for Vardy to head into an empty net, justifying the bizarre tactic by Rodgers. The goal moved Vardy ahead of Peter Crouch and level with Ryan Giggs (109) on the highest goalscorers of all time list and he has now scored 11 goals against Arsenal more than he has against any other side.
The win gave Rodgers his 300th win of his managerial career and took Leicester to 4th position, just one point behind 1st placed Everton while Arsenal remain in 10th position. Prior to the game, Leicester had never beaten Arsenal away from home in the 27 games played in all competitions; they had also never won their first three away games of a season. It is the first time in 74 home games that Arsenal has failed to score against a team not called Manchester City.
Aubameyang has now gone five games without a goal for the first time in his Arsenal career. Thomas Partey who was making his first league start for Arsenal struggled in the game as he was dibbled past more than any player on the pitch in the first half. On the other hand, his opposite midfielder, Nampalys Mendy, is our Man Of The Match.