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High-flying Leicester moved into second spot after easing past Arsenal at the King Power and mounting the pressure on Unai Emery.  

Arsenal plod along under Unai Emery, never quite so bad as to merit his dismissal but never really good enough to suggest an exciting future. Times change quickly in football, reputations come and go. 

James Maddison fired Leicester's second against Arsenal to pile the pressure on beleaguered Gunners boss Unai Emery

James Maddison fired Leicester's second against Arsenal to pile the pressure on beleaguered Gunners boss Unai Emery

So it wasn’t actually a surprise to see Leicester dominating possession in the first half and Arsenal resorting to a back five for long periods of the first half, both to contain the creative threat of Leicester and shore up their own flaky defence.

Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding were making their first Premier League starts of the season and by and large the system worked. Leicester had plenty of the ball in midfield, where Wilfried Ndidi toiled and James Maddison swaggered to good effect. Yet they only rarely broke through that Arsenal line.

Ayoze Perez managed to get behind Holding to cross requiring Calum Chambers to clear early on. Bernd Leno’s lapse in concentration on 21 minutes, allowing the ball to run past him, was foolish in the extreme with Jamie Vardy lurking and pressing but they survived that. 

The two scorers for the hosts celebrate after the Foxes' stellar form continued with an impressive victory at the King Power

The two scorers for the hosts celebrate after the Foxes' stellar form continued with an impressive victory at the King Power

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE 

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Perez (Gray 59), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy

Unused substitutes: Justin, Morgan, Albrighton, Ward, Choudhury, Praet

Scorers: Vardy 68, Maddison 75

Booked: Evans

Arsenal: Leno, Chambers, Luiz, Holding (Pepe 77), Bellerin, Torreira (Willock 80), Guendouzi, Kolasinac, Ozil, Lacazette,

Unused substitutes: Tierney, Sokratis, Martinez, Martinelli, Saka

Booked: Bellerin

Premier League Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga

 

Jamie Vardy had fired Leicester into the lead on their home turf after dispatching beyond Bernd Leno and into the far corner

Jamie Vardy had fired Leicester into the lead on their home turf after dispatching beyond Bernd Leno and into the far corner

The Foxes frontman wheeled away in elation as Brendan Rodgers' high-flying men moved up into the lofty heights of second

The Foxes frontman wheeled away in elation as Brendan Rodgers' high-flying men moved up into the lofty heights of second

Vardy had opted to shoot from the edge of the box but his effort had been closed down rapidly by Matteo Guendouzi

Vardy had opted to shoot from the edge of the box but his effort had been closed down rapidly by Matteo Guendouzi

Arsenal stopper Bernd Leno remained untroubled despite the hosts fizzing an inviting delivery across the face of his goal

Arsenal stopper Bernd Leno remained untroubled despite the hosts fizzing an inviting delivery across the face of his goal

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Referee Chris Kavanagh was unmoved after Caglar Soyuncu appeared to be dragged back inside the box by Guendouzi

Referee Chris Kavanagh was unmoved after Caglar Soyuncu appeared to be dragged back inside the box by Guendouzi

Indeed, in their occasional forays into the last third of the pitch, Arsenal looked reasonably dangerous. Mesut Ozil, retained in the starting line up for a Premier League match

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