Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester inflicted a blow to Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a dominant victory at the King Power Stadium.
The unmarked Youri Tielemans headed in a cross from James Maddison just before the hour mark, before Vardy struck late on with a header and a tap-in from close range.
Arsenal played almost an hour of the contest with 10 men after Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off.
A third successive Premier League defeat left them a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Leicester still have a slim chance of finishing seventh – they are five points behind Wolves – which could earn a Europa League place depending on the outcome of the FA Cup final.
Arsenal’s task was made significantly more difficult after Maitland-Niles was sent off for the first time in his career following two bookings in the space of 28 minutes – for a soft foul on Ben Chilwell and then needlessly scything down Maddison near the halfway line.
However, a three-goal margin flattered Arsenal and, even with a full complement of players, it is difficult to envisage a different outcome such was the conviction of the performance of Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester.
Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Bernd Leno for a string of fine saves, the pick a magnificent one-handed diving effort to paw away a Wilfred Ndidi header.
Leicester City 3 – 0 Arsenal | English Premier League – Match Highlights
1. 36′ 0 – 0 [Red Card] Ainsley Maitland-Niles is sent off! A second booking for the full-back and he is off. He slides into James Maddison, it doesn’t look good. Uphill battle now for Arsenal. Unai Emery is fuming and throws his jacket off.
2. 59′ 1 – 0 Youri Tielemans scores the opener! That was inevitable. It’s a wonderful cross by James Maddison who places the ball right onto the young Belgium’s header to just power past Bernd Leno. Question marks over the Arsenal defence who let Tielemans run into the area unmarked.
3. 86′ 2 – 0 Jamie Vardy double Leicester’s lead! Route one football. A rare assist for Kasper Schmeichel who boots it down field to Jamie Vardy. Laurent Koscielny fails to clear and Vardy’s shot hits the crossbar, the rebound is not dealt with by Sokratis and the former England striker nods in.
4. 90+5′ 3 – 0 Jamie Vardy bags a brace! He’s having a party. Ricardo Pereira made that goal, skipping past the Arsenal defence before squaring for Jamie Vardy and it’s an easy tap-in. His 18th Premier League goal of the season.
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