Jamie Vardy came off the bench to net a late winner for Leicester as Arsenal were unable to break down Brendan Rodgers ‘organised’ side.
The Gunners thought they had opened the scoring in just the fourth minute, a Dani Ceballos corner flicked into the net by the head of Alexandre Lacazette, though was ruled out as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was adjudged to be interfering with play in an offside position in front of goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel.
While Arsenal dominated possession, Leicester were content to sit back and frustrate their hosts, who frequently opted to go long in an attempt to open the Foxes up, spraying balls across the field and in behind the Leicester backline in an attempt to find space.
Mikel Arteta’s side continued to toil without really carving out too many clear cut opportunities, though in the 68th minute, an Aubameyang ball from the left found the advanced Hector Bellerin, though the defender’s fierce strike was equally matched by Schmeichel’s solid stop.
Leicester did begin to grow in confidence and adventure following the second-half introduction of talisman Jamie Vardy from the bench, and with just 10 minutes to play, they would snatch what would be the winner. A perfectly-weighted raking ball from deep by Youri Tielemans found the advancing Cenzig Under, the summer signing getting in behind the Arsenal backline before squaring it to the unmarked Vardy who nodded home his 109th Premier League goal with what was the Foxes first shot on target.
11/5 – Jamie Vardy has scored 11 goals in 12 Premier League matches against Arsenal, with only Wayne Rooney (12) scoring more against the Gunners in the competition. Vardy is now also the highest scoring away player at the Emirates in top-flight ties (5 goals). Snatched. pic.twitter.com/1xPrr4kdfL
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The retired England international almost doubled his tally in stoppage time in trademark fashion after racing in behind the Gunners defence, though his effort was kept out by Bernd Leno.
Speaking afterwards, Mikel Arteta couldn’t hide his frustrations at his side’s inability to break down their ‘organised’ opponents, as well as getting done by a breakaway goal.
“The game the way it went, I felt we had total control in the first half and restricted them to nothing,” Arteta told the BBC. “We were winning every ball, created a few chances and scored a goal I don’t know how it got disallowed. They defended deeper in the second half, waiting for the mistake and in one moment they did it.
“Against this block, against so well organised teams, when you open them up you have to put the ball in the back of the net. They were similar against Manchester City, they scored with two set pieces and credit to them for what they have done but our players responded and I feel sorry for them.
“We have so many alternatives in the team and can have fluidity. It worked in some moments and there are options we can manage.”
Next up for Arsenal is a game against Irish outfit Dundalk in the Europa League before a trip to Old Trafford to take on old foes Manchester United next weekend.