Arsenal kicks-off English Premier League on a high

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

The long wait to have the English Premier League back on the screen is over as Arsenal play host to Leicester City in the season opener. However, after settling back into Premier League life and getting a win under their belt, Arsenal will be looking for a more comfortable win this time round. Maybe I made a mistake.

It took just a handful of minutes for Arsenal fans' enthusiasm to wane away at the start of this new season - and a few more for a familiar chant to pick up speed. Arsenal and Leicester City kicked off the new campaign in a thrilling fashion that left neutrals feeling entertained.

Arsenal shipped three goals but were without arguably three of their first-choice defenders as Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi all sat out due to a combination of fitness and suspension.

He is a menace in the box and was involved in both Welbeck's goal to make it 2-2 and his incredible trickery and powerful shot forced Kasper Schmeichel into a fine stop which led to the corner for Giroud to score the victor. Just one Nigerian is on the pitch at the moment... And once again, Arsenal were statuesque at a set piece, allowing Vardy to bustle to the front post and head past Petr Cech.

For the first time since Arsene Wenger was hired in 1996, Arsenal finished outside of the top four last season.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare couldn't have imagined Wenger would have the Gunners completely abandon center backs.

Jamie Vardy celebrates with Shinji Okazaki after scoring the second. The England striker had timed his run brilliantly and thudded home an emphatic finish.

"With the first corner, we were late".

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Record signing Alexander Lacazette opened his account within two minutes of the kick-off, but the home side's lead was nearly immediately rubbed out as Shinji Okazaki equalised minutes later before Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front after half an hour.

The Nigerian duo of Kelechi Iheancho and Alex Iwobi are on the benches of both teams... They have shown enough promise tonight that they can reenact that magic moment.

GOAL: As rightly pointed out...

They sat back, forced Arsenal into making mistakes and had Vardy's pace on the break to hurt the Gunners.

Iheanacho already brought in by Leicester.... The Frenchman replied: "I would like (if) somebody who comes in gets the club to the next level".

With this vital goal tonight...

That held until Arsenal took advantage of a lapse of discipline from Leicester right before halftime.

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