Late Vardy goal downs Arsenal

English Premier League

Jamie Vardy’s late strike saw Leicester City claim a rare 1-0 win away to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

Mikel Arteta gave Thomas Partey his first start in the Premier League, with Dani Ceballos back from injury and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leading the line.

Lacazette looked to have given the hosts the lead from a corner-kick earlier on, but the flag went up from the assistant referee after Granit Xhaka, who was in an offside position, obstructed Kasper Schmeichel's view.

Leicester battled to get out of their own half, with Christian Fuchs almost turning the ball into his own net before the half-hour mark from pressure play by Lacazette.

The Gunners launched more threats at Schmeichel five minutes to halftime, as Bukayo Saka flashed into the side-netting from a teasing delivery by Ceballos.

Leicester looked a changed side in the second half when a loose ball from Gabriel Magalhaes led in Dennis Praet on the counter-attack, but the Belgian failed to connect with James Maddison.

David Luiz, who was on target against Rapid Vienna in the UEFA Europa League, fell on the deck on 49 minutes and had to be replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.

The Gunners could’ve taken the lead in the closing stages with a first-time volley from Hector Bellerin following a marauding run from the right, but it was beaten away by Schmeichel.

Leicester upped the stakes towards the final 20 minutes with the introduction of Jamie Vardy and Cengiz Under, who replaced Praet and Harvey Barnes respectively.

The substitutes combined to give the Foxes the lead ten minutes from time when a first-time ball from the left by Under released Vardy who dived into the area to head home.

Vardy went for a brace in the second minute of stoppage time, but Bernd Leno parried as the Foxes held on for their first win over the Gunners in North London in 47 years.

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