Paul Merson says Leicester's Jamie Vardy looked tired against Arsenal

Paul Merson

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson says he thought Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy looked tired against Arsenal last weekend.

Paul Merson has said on Sky Sports that he felt Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy started to show signs of fatigue against Arsenal last weekend.

Vardy has played a huge part in guiding the Foxes to the top of the Premier League table, and he netted the latest of his 19 goals in the 2-1 defeat to the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Merson has argued that for the first time this season, the 29-year-old failed to produce the same kind of high-octane performance that has terrorised defenders during this campaign.

Merson told Gillette Soccer Saturday, broadcast on 20 February at 12pm: "For the first time this season, Vardy looked very, very tired. It's the first time that I have watched him chase things and think 'I'm not getting this. I'm not going to get this ball'.

"That's not him. He chases anything to try to get a throw or get a corner and it buys his defence a lot of time. They can move up to the halfway line and get a breather.

"I didn't find that they got that breather in the second half, although the balls weren't that great coming out."

While Vardy was ineffective for much of the second 45 minutes in North London, his laboured display could be put down to his team playing with 10 men after the dismissal of Danny Simpson for two bookable offences.

Leicester are currently enjoying a weekend off after their early elimination from the FA Cup, but given their exertions in North London, 13 days without a game could not have come at a better time.

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