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BBC Sport's Nick Mullins
"Arsenal were two up and swaggering by half-time"
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Arsenal's Ashley Cole
"The strikers are on form at the moment and it showed today"
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Leicester boss Peter Taylor
"We really need three points"
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Saturday, 25 August, 2001, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
Arsenal enjoy Fox hunt
Freddie Ljungberg scores Arsenal's opener in the 17th minute
Freddie Ljungberg fires past a prostrate Tim Flowers
Arsenal 4-0 Leicester

Arsenal strolled to an easy win over Leicester to pile further pressure on under-fire Foxes boss Peter Taylor.

Taylor also saw big-name summer signing Dennis Wise sent off for violent conduct after a clash with Patrick Viera.

Arsenal's Frenchman was also dismissed by referee Andy D'Urso for his part in the 58th minute confrontation.


It's two bad results - it doesn't mean it will be a bad season
Peter Taylor
Injuries forced skipper Muzzy Izzet and Gary Rowett out of the game in the first half to add to Taylor's misery.

Leicester, losers in their last 12 Premiership away games, never looked like claiming a first win at Highbury since 1973.

First-half strikes by Freddie Ljungberg and Sylvain Wiltord put the match beyond the visitors' reach.

Substitute Thierry Henry underlined Arsenal's superiority in the 77th minute, then Kanu added another in the dying seconds.

Diving header

Henry's goal came courtesy of good work in the Leicester box by the Nigerian, who held up the ball and slipped it to his fellow striker to score with a deflected shot.

Kanu got on the scoresheet with a diving header after Tim Flowers could only parry a shot into his path.

The home side opened their account in the 17th minute after a neat one-two with Wiltord allowed Robert Pires to set up Ljungberg with a simple tap-in past Flowers from six yards.

Muzzy Izzet in action at Highbury
Izzet's injury added to Leicester's woes
Wiltord scored their second in the 28th minute, taking a short pass from Pires and side-footing home from five yards.

Leicester's problems mounted moments later when they lost Izzet to an ankle injury.

Ten minutes after that, the Foxes were forced into another substitution when Lee Marshall came on for defender Gary Rowett.

Arsenal put them under pressure from the kick-off, with Dennis Bergkamp, making his first start of the season, shooting just wide from 18 yards after a minute.


The sending off was not a major incident and I'm not going to make a fuss about it, but I believe Wise was winding up Vieira a little bit
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Wiltord shot over the bar from 20 yards moments later, and Sol Campbell headed a Bergkamp free kick over after eight minutes.

Leicester were limited to one significant attacking move in the first half, with debutante Jamie Scowcroft just failing to connect with a Ade Akinbiyi header across the Arsenal area.

The visitors badly missed injured defenders Matt Elliott and Callum Davidson.

But even their presence would surely have failed to stem the tide of fluent attacking moves by the Gunners.


Arsenal: Seaman, Lauren, Campbell, Adams, Cole, Ljungberg, Vieira, Pires, van Bronckhorst, Bergkamp, Wiltord. Subs: Keown, Henry, Grimandi, Wright, Kanu.

Leicester: Flowers, Impey, Rowett, Sinclair, Lewis, Stewart, Wise, Izzet, Savage, Scowcroft, Akinbiyi. Subs: Jones, Royce, Delaney, Benjamin, Marshall.

Referee: A D'Urso (Billericay)

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