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Leicester defender Evans is not getting rid of the title talk

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Jonny Evans insists that Leicester can only be sentenced after Christmas as he remained wary of their title challenge.

The Foxes advanced to second place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday – a sixth victory in their last seven top-flight matches.

The 2016 surprise champions ended the weekend nine points clear of fifth-placed Sheffield United, but Northern Ireland defender Evans refused to be drawn into the title talk.

"I don't think you can judge it until after Christmas when we get into it," the 31-year-old said when asked about Leicester's hopes.

“We know how seasons can end. It will be tough. We need a large group to do that and everyone is shooting in the right directions.

“We have shown that we can fight games, but we just have to do what we do and see where it takes us.

“It's still really early in the season. If you look at it, there are still teams like Sheffield United that sit fifth. So we know it's going to be a long season and every team can beat everyone.

"We are in good confidence at the moment, but the next period, especially Christmas, will really test everyone's mind."

Jamie Vardy scored his 11th of the season before setting James Maddison to score a game-clinching second 15 minutes from time.

Vardy was one of five members of Saturday's team that won their shock title three years ago, but Evans refused to compare the teams.

"I think it's tough," said the former Manchester United and West Brom man who joined the Foxes in 2018. "What they did that year was incredible. I suppose it's really a compliment to be compared to this team.

"I think the teams did not respect Leicester that season, in terms of probably not really realizing how good they were and kept getting caught.

"Then the teams tried to become aware that they were playing in counter-attacks and not over-committed.

"I'm sure the teams are aware that we're a good side, and in every game I think we've played well, given everyone a test."

The result left Arsenal sixth with a win in their last six Premier League matches and nine points behind Leicester.

But striker Alexandre Lacazette defended under-four manager Unai Emery.

"Last season, when we were undefeated in 20 games in a row, no one said anything about the coach or the manager," said the Frenchman.

“We lack confidence and need the international break.

“I hope we will come back well. We obviously want to be top four.

"We are now nine points behind Chelsea and Leicester and it will be difficult, but everything is possible in football."

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