Jamie Vardy says Leicester are aiming to 'hurt' Arsenal
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 13/02/16 9:06am
Jamie Vardy believes Leicester can hurt Arsenal on Super Sunday, just as they did Manchester City last weekend.
In an exclusive interview with Soccer AM's Tubes, Vardy recognises Arsenal have "world class" players, but insists his side will have worked on ways to overcome their defence as the two sides meet on at the Emirates.
Leicester lead the Premier League by five points from Tottenham and Arsenal, with Spurs facing Manchester City at the Etihad, also on Sunday.
Vardy told Tubes: "They're all massive, massive games, and we know it's going to be tough, especially as they beat us 5-2 at our place earlier in the season. But I don't really think it was a 5-2 game, I think it could have gone either way it was that open.
"We know they've got world class players in their ranks but we know we can cause anyone trouble when it comes to game time. We'll be looking at ways to hurt them and putting that on the pitch on Sunday.
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"It won't be a failure [if Leicester don't win the title] because nobody gave us a chance at the start of the season, we've just been on a good run and it has been a very enjoyable ride which we are enjoying every minute of.
"The team spirit in the dressing room, everyone is close-knit, that's how we always have been. It started with the run last season, getting out of the relegation zone, and we've carried it on."
Vardy has enjoyed a superb season with the Foxes, and sits on top of the Premier League scoring charts with 18 goals, having also broken Ruud van Nistelrooy's record by scoring in 11 straight league games.
But the 29-year-old, who has four England caps, has not always had it easy at the King Power Stadium. He scored five goals in 36 games last season under Nigel Pearson, but insists the turn-up in form is due to him having time to adapt.
"I think I needed time to adapt. It happened when I first signed as well, I didn't have the best of years in the Championship and then the next year I scored a lot of goals and we got promoted.
"You have to put the work in, that's what it's about. When we struggle in the first year you have to put in the work in the off-season. But obviously I wouldn't have been able to be in those positions without my team-mates.
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"I've had to adapt little things, but the pace and aggression has always been there since I remember playing football, because nine times out of 10 I'm playing football against people that are bigger than me so I have to put my weight around a bit more.
"You have to work on the type of runs you are making, and also your hold up play. For not being a big lad I have to improve on that area as well."
Watch Tubes' extended interview with Jamie Vardy on Soccer AM from 10am on Saturday on Sky Sports 1 HD.