Aaron Ramsey explains why Jamie Vardy was his toughest opponent

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was asked to name the toughest opponent he has faced this season and, to no one's surprise, he named a Leicester City player.

The Foxes have taken everyone for fools this season and, thanks to a stunning 3-1 win over Manchester City on Saturday, are six points clear at the summit of the Premier League.

From 5000/1, they are now 7/2 favourites to claim the title in what would surely be the biggest shock in England's long football history. Much of that success has been down to the work done by one man.

Jamie Vardy has certainly caused his opponents plenty of problems this season. His combination of pace, power and ability to finish chances has seen the England international grab 18 goals in the league. He may not have scored at the Etihad today, but his stunning work-rate was a constant problem for Nicolas Otamendi and Martin Demichelis.

And it is that industrial nature that convinced Ramsey to name the striker as his toughest opponent of the season so far. Great timing, as he'll likely have to face up to him at the Emirates next Sunday.

Toughest opponent

“I’d say Vardy,” the Wales international told Complex, as per Goal.

“He’s been unbelievable so far and what he’s done – scoring in 11 straight games – is absolutely remarkable.

“Full credit to him. When you look at where he started off to where he is now, it’s been a great story.”


As previously mentioned, the Foxes face an almighty challenge to their title bid when they travel to north London to take on Arsenal on Valentine's Day next week. On the back of Saturday, few would bet against Claudio Ranieri's men coming away from the match with something.

Arsenal, unlike Leicester, have experienced a dip in form since summiting the table themselves towards the end of 2015. They have failed to win any of their last four games and have fallen eight points behind the leaders as a result. However, a win against Bournemouth and another against Leicester will put Arsene Wenger's men back in the hunt.

Vardy will have to be at his very best to stop them doing that. 

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