Jamie Vardy and James Maddison struck second half goals as Leicester City beat an unimpressive Arsenal 2-0 in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium here.
This Leicester team has made a habit of upping its game after the interval, and that was again to be the case versus the Gunners. The tourist had a 55th-minute effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ruled out for offside and 13 minutes later, the home side struck. Striker Vardy, who is on a roll the ongoing campaign, produced a confident first-time finish from just inside the box.
This was after some neat passing in the build-up from a confident Leicester side, clearly enjoying its football under Brendan Rodgers. The goal was Vardy’s ninth in 10 appearances against Arsenal. The centre forward went close to a second goal on the night in the 72nd minute, but his low drive was kept out by Bernd Leno.
Three minutes later, Vardy turned provider, poking the ball back to Maddison whose low strike whistled past custodian Leno.
United defeats Brighton
Manchester United climbed back into the top half of the PL table with a 3-1 home success over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Goals from Andreas Pereira and Marcus Rashford and an own goal from Davy Propper helped United climb to the seventh spot on 17 points after 12 matches. The home side benefited from a fine individual display by Anthony Martial, who set up two goals and ran tirelessly at Brighton’s defenders.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the Frenchman, telling BBC, “Martial did not get a goal but he was outstanding.” Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez scored a goal apiece as Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the Midlands derby.
It was a difficult afternoon for Villa from the moment it lost goalkeeper Jed Steer to injury.