Sunday, 20 August, 2017

Arsenal score two late goals to open season with victory over Leicester

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Elias Hubbard | 13 August, 2017, 01:06

Olivier Giroud was on hand on the opening day of the English Premier League to save Arsenal the agony of losing at home, when he came in as a sub to give the Gunners a 4-3 winning edge over Leicester.

Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium tonight in the 2017-18 Premier League season's opening game.

But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equaliser and Giroud notching the victor two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line.

Just before the break, after a shot by Lacazette was blocked, defender Sead Kolasinac directed a ball squarely into the Leicester box for Danny Welbeck to tap in.

But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973.

However he has been named to start of the bench in the first match of the season.

Slick build-up play from the Gunners saw the ball switched to Bellerin on the right and he laid off for Mohammed Elneny to cross for the Frenchman to glance a header past Kasper Schmeichel into the bottom corner after just 90 seconds.

The France worldwide, who moved to the Gunners for a club-record deal this summer, scored 28 goals from 2,408 minutes of action in Ligue 1 last season.

"The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and Arsenal are one of the best clubs in it, year after year they've shown their consistency", he said.

Vardy has now scored four goals in his last five premier league appearances against Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette's arrival has bumped Giroud even further down the Arsenal pecking order, but having given the 30-year-old the chance to leave, Wenger was thrilled he chose to stay.

But Leicester is in a battle to hold onto their top stars just like Arsenal - Riyad Mahrez has been the subject of multiple bids this summer and could leave before the transfer window shuts.

"I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and now Jack Wilshere back". "I think we have a good level of physical preparation".

"You've got the season ahead to look forward to and everyone's raring to go". Harry Maguire, another debutant, headed the ball back in for his new team-mate who beat Granit Xhaka to head home easily. And they will certainly buy more.

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