Arsenal defeats Leicester City 4-3 in an incredible season opener

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Hey! It's soccer! Or football, whatever!

Tonight's victor was his 70th Premier League goal - coming at the start of his sixth season. Those pointless preseason friendlies and the miserable Gold Cup are a thing of the past.

In many ways, what separates good strikers from great ones is the ability to create goals out of thin air.

Arsenal is not just pursuing a first league title since 2004 but also a return to the top four - and Champions League qualification - after finishing fifth in May.

Olivier Giroud insisted Arsenal never gave up hope of staging a dramatic fightback as the France striker's late victor capped a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester in Friday's Premier League opener.

While Arsenal may seem to be the clear favourites due to their last encounters with the Foxes, the latter is known to have a lot of fire power that can do much damage in the opening match to Arsenal's campaign. The Foxes, however, will be pleased to have come out of preseason without too many players getting hurt. Holding came out late in the match in favor of center forward Olivier Giroud and somehow the plan worked.

It was looking like another opening day defeat for the Gunners until super subs Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud acted as just that, saving us from the blemish.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare gave new signing Kelechi Iheanacho his debut in place of midfielder Matty James for the last 10 minutes of the game but the Nigerian star failed to sparkle. Without Ozil and Sanchez I don't see Arsenal's new No. 9 getting the quality goal scoring opportunities unless he creates them himself.

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Wenger doubled down and went with none.

The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette will likely relegate Giroud to the status of a benchwarmer this season but the 30-year-old proved his worth with a towering header in the 85th minute. His only substitute who didn't score was Theo Walcott, but what else would you expect from Walcott? I wanted some Premier League, British experience.

'If he went to City there would be uproar from the Arsenal fans.

Within three minutes Leicester were level.

The ruthless Jamie Vardy took advantage of Arsenal's shoddy defending twice - he stunned the Gunners with an emphatic kick in the first half and a delightful header in the second.

Instead Leicester remained winless against Arsenal in 22 matches.

It was the ideal way to seal an enthralling game that had threatened to end in defeat for the home side.

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