Arsenal vs. Leicester City

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Substitute Olivier Giroud scored a late victor as Arsenal staged a dramatic fightback to kick off the new Premier League season with a pulsating 4-3 victory against Leicester City on Friday night.

Having seen Zlatan Ibrahimovic make a seemingly seamless transition from Ligue 1 to the more physical Premier League last season, the experienced coach expressed optimism that Lacazette would follow suit.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay". Because I know how important he is, not only as a player - he is a fantastic player - but as well in the group. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay.

Shinji Okazaki cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's opener, before Jamie Vardy's strike helped Leicester take the lead on 29 minutes.

Leicester showed plenty of endeavour as they came close to causing an upset in the Premier League's first fixture.

But if Wenger plays two strikers then Giroud, with his physical presence, would be a really good complement to Lacazette, a lethal goalscorer that loves getting the ball inside the box.

Arsenal were without regulars Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi against Leicester.

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Time and time again he has proved himself an effective substitute in the latter stages of games meaning his goal-per-minute ratio compares to some of league's most respected forwards in history. "We had 27 attempts and they had three on target and three goals, but it's something we have to work on".

"You come away from home, score three goals and are almost there and then concede two.bitterly disappointed", he said.

"We had quite a few chances. I don't know whether it was lack of concentration or game management". "We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard".

Yes, of course, I am convinced that we won 10 of the last 11 games, and we won against Man City in the semi-final and the final against Chelsea.

On his super-sub role, he added: "That's a nice start, but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch".

"Holding will be a great central defender but tonight after one or two mistakes he lost a bit of confidence and you could feel that".

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