Has Maina Kageni Defected To Leicester City?

Today  Maina Kageni received a gift in form of a football jersey from one of his many fans.

Many know Maina Kageni as an avid Manchester United fan, so much so that one of his cars has the team’s branding and logo on it.

In fact he has a number of jerseys for the team from various seasons dating from way back. But today he received a jersey for Leicester City FC.

The jersey has number 9 written on it with top striker John R. Vardy’s name. Could this be a
sign that he has finally ditched Manchester United?
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Saints slip as Leicester climb off bottom

Southampton saw their quest for Champions League football next season suffer a setback as they lost 2-1 away to Stoke on Saturday, while Leicester moved off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Defeat meant the Saints missed out on the chance to leapfrog Liverpool into fifth place and move to within two points of Manchester City, currently occupying the fourth and final Champions League spot on offer to English clubs.

Faltering defending Premier League champions City are at home to West Ham on Sunday, when Liverpool play top-flight rivals Aston Villa in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.

Morgan Schneiderlin scored from close range to put the Saints ahead in the 22nd minute at the Britannia Stadium after Jose Fonte headed on a corner from the right.

But the Potters were level early in the second half when Saints goalkeeper Kelvin Davis misjudged Steven N’Zonzi’s chip into the box. The ball hit the crossbar and Mame Diouf fired in the rebound.

And Stoke were ahead six minutes from time when Charlie Adam followed up to score after Jon Walters’s original shot was blocked.

– Foxes at the double –

Leicester, buoyed by their 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion last weekend, saw off Swansea 2-0.

The Foxes needed just 15 minutes to take the lead at their King Power Stadium.

Argentinian forward Leonardo Ulloa, only drafted into the side after fellow striker David Nugent injured himself in the warm-up, latched on to a loose ball in the box after Wes Morgan had shielded it from Ashley Williams.

And King made the game safe for Leicester a minute from time when he scored after Esteban Cambiasso’s free-kick was parried by Lukasz Fabianksi.

Leicester’s third successive win took them off the bottom of the table for the first time since November and left them shy of safety on goal difference alone.

Ten-man Burnley found themselves at the foot of the standings after a 1-0 loss away to Everton.

Everton could have gone ahead in the ninth minute at Goodison Park when Aaron Lennon won a penalty after going down under a challenge from Dave Jones.

But regular penalty-taker Leighton Baines did not take the spot-kick and Ross Barkley’s effort was well-saved by diving Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

Fortunately for Everton, it was not a costly miss with Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas turning in a cross from Seamus Coleman in the 29th minute.

Burnley’s task became even harder when, on the stroke of half-time, Ashley Barnes was sent off for a second bookable offence after sliding in on Coleman.

Mirallas was fortunate to stay on the pitch after a reckless challenge on George Boyd early in the second period saw him receive a yellow card instead.

West Brom went eight points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace.

James Morrison scored in just the second minute at the Hawthorns when, completely unmarked, he headed in a corner from eight yards out.

The Baggies doubled their lead in the 53rd minute through Craig Gardner’s brilliant 25-yard strike.

Premier League leaders Chelsea will go 10 points clear at the top of the table if they beat injury-hit Manchester United in Saturday’s late kick-off at Stamford Bridge.

FA Cup holders Arsenal, who started the weekend in second place, face Championship club Reading in a Wembley semi-final on Saturday.

Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur will continue their quest for a European place away to Newcastle on Sunday.

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Arsenal climb to fourth after holding off Leicester

Arsenal got back on track after their derby misery with a 2-1 victory over Leicester that lifted the Gunners into fourth place in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Arsene Wenger’s side had slumped to a dispiriting late defeat against north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, but they rebounded at the Emirates Stadium thanks to first half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott.

It was hardly Arsenal’s most dominant display and they had to survive a Leicester fightback in the second half following Andrej Kramaric’s strike for the visitors.

But Wenger, whose team will drop back down to fifth if Manchester United beat Burnley on Wednesday, will be relieved to see his team’s morale wasn’t damaged by that derby defeat at the weekend.

The only downside for Arsenal was an injury to Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

The result was another blow for Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, who had been under huge pressure following his touchline scuffle with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur and then speculation on Sunday that he had been sacked.

But, as impressive as this display was, it doesn’t alleviate Leicester’s situation and they are now five points adrift of safety.

What will infuriate Pearson, more than any opposition player accidentally sliding into him as McArthur did, was the more deliberate barge which set up Koscielny’s opening goal.

While Riyad Mahrez had enjoyed the freedom of the home side’s left flank before seeing a show narrowly deflected wide by David Ospina, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil had to graft to eke out their first chance of the game.

A fine ball from the German put Walcott through, only for Mark Schwarzer to stand up strong, and the goalkeeper then pushed away another Ozil shot minutes later.

It was from the resulting 27th minute corner, though, that all Leicester’s hard work was undone.

As Ozil whipped in the set-piece, Sanchez barged Paul Konchesky aside, and Koscielny was left with enough open space to easily guide the ball in.

– Deeper damage –

Leicester continued to gamely battle, but there was a feeling the deeper damage had been done.

By the end of the half, Arsenal were ripping them apart, and starting to create chances at will.

Eventually, Arsenal broke through again as Ozil battered a shot at Schwarzer.

The goalkeeper could only parry it into the path of Walcott, who emphatically volleyed it into the net on 41 minutes.

It could easily have been 3-0 just before the break, as Leicester were forced into increasingly desperate challenges to keep the home side at bay.

After what had been in a hugely tepid start, in which Arsenal genuinely seemed to have been affected by the weekend’s defeat, they had rediscovered their recent verve, only to relax a little too much again.

Wenger’s side offered little once the second half started, and it wasn’t long until Leicester let them know they were in a match.

By the 61st minute, impressive new signing Kramaric had already brought a fine save from David Ospina before forcing a corner.

That broke to the edge of the box to Kramaric, who fired home to make it 2-1.

Suddenly, it was Leicester again doing all the running, with Mahrez back in the game.

He almost made it 2-2 on 73 minutes, but his surge and shot finished narrowly outside Ospina’s post.

Kramaric was presented with another opportunity 11 minutes from the end but, with Arsenal defenders closing in, he opted to try and chip the ball over the goalkeeper.

Ospina caught it, and the home side were able to catch their breath.

They survived until the end, but substitute Ramsey didn’t, as he had to go off injured just minutes after coming on.

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