Arsenal edge past Leicester in Premier League season opener

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

The match was a great advert for a league that is already prime box office viewing worldwide but Arsenal's hopes of a first title since 2004 will require some polishing of a rusty defence after Leicester put away half of their chances.

However, there was one more twist in the tale as Olivier Giroud came off the bench to snatch a victor in the 86th minute as his header from a late corner came off the bar and dropped over the line to secure Arsenal a dramatic 4-3 win.

The Emirates was absolutely hopping at this stage and there was only ever going to be one outcome, the often maligned, Olivier Giroud, like Ramsey before him, came off the bench and scored the victor to send the stadium into raptures.

The relieved gaffer said: "It's impossible to keep all the strikers happy when they don't play, but we have many games and hopefully I can give them all a good number of games".

Giroud has often been a figure of ridicule and has copped plenty of criticism during his tenure in England but his record is one of a dedicated servant to Arsenal.

'A player I am a big fan of, ' is how Jamie Carragher described Olivier Giroud on Friday night.

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Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud didn't take him up on the offer to leave Arsenal.

Shinji Okazaki cancelled out Lacazette's opener with a close-range header after Maguire had been left unmarked to nod Marc Albrighton's deep cross back across goal.

"But I don't want him to go and in the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is". We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that.

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group. We were quite good a year ago on corners and overall I believe that with a bit of work we can get that out of the system". You can not keep the strikers happy when they don't play. What a game this was, a seven goals thriller to open the Premier League!

Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal the lead early in the game in a dream debut for the French forward. "To come here and score three has to be pleasing in some respect, but it doesn't feel like it".

The Gunners' performance will have installed confidence in the team as they won their Premier League opening fixture for the fourth time in the past five years.

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