Leicester thrash Arsenal to go second

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Jamie Vardy celebrates
Jamie Vardy is the top scorer in the Premier League this season

Leicester City moved up to second in the Premier League as second-half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison secured victory against Arsenal to put more pressure on Gunners boss Unai Emery.

Free-scoring Foxes always find a way

James Maddison and Jamie Vardy
Maddison (left) has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the Premier League this season (3)

Eighteen months ago, former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis hailed the arrival of Emery as a coach that “plays an exciting, progressive style of football that fits Arsenal perfectly”.

That description was certainly accurate about one of the teams on the pitch at King Power Stadium on Saturday, but it was not Emery’s side.

The Foxes possess a clear identity and a togetherness that appears to be absent from this current Gunners side who, apart from occasional flashes, rarely troubled their opponents.

Leicester dominated possession from the outset and even though they missed a number of decent chances – Ayoze Pérez firing just over after capitalising on a defensive error and Maddison putting a free-kick on the roof of the net – there was always the sense that the Foxes would find a way through.

Premier League top six

So it proved in the second half as they scored the sort of goal that Arsenal teams of the past did with regularity – Barnes picked out Tielemans with a clever backheel and the midfielder immediately found Vardy at the far post where the in-form striker made no mistake.

From then there was only going to be one outcome as Leicester eased to a fourth successive Premier League win.

Brendan Rodgers has been linked with replacing Emery at Arsenal, but given where the two clubs are in the table and in terms of form, it is hard to see why he would consider a move to Emirates Stadium.

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