Elneny assists as Arsenal clinch thrilling opening day win over 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.

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.

Now with a weird back four of (from right to left) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, and on 83 minutes it came. But I don't want him to go and in the end he chose to stay.

Both Lacazette and Giroud need strong seasons to make sure they are in the French party travelling to the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer.

He said: "With Lacazette, it's simple".

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The result represents a welcome reversal of last season's 4-3 home defeat by Liverpool last season although the mercurial nature of the home crowd was on show on Friday night as grumblings began while the home side were behind.

Following Danny Welbeck's leveller in first-half stoppage time, another corner yielded Leicester's third goal as Riyad Mahrez's cross was headed home by Vardy.

"We have many games and hopefully, I can give them games", Wenger said during his post match conference.

The guests capitalised on the abundant mistakes from Arsenal players and their sloppy defending as Jamie Vardy eventually made it 2-1 from Marc Albrighton's cross around the half-hour mark.

Two goals in the first 10 minutes and two in the last 10 - if that doesn't rekindle the excitement of Premier League football, not much can. The manager used all three substitutes and abandoned his vaunted three-man defence to rescue this game with his two French strikers in tandem as they eventually overwhelmed Leicester. We have many games and hopefully I can give games to all the strikers. You want the Premier League to be the best league in the world and I think it has to produce this kind of game to produce interest and quality. He called Arsenal versus Leicester a microcosm of the Gunners' typical Premier League seasons: a strong start, a dip in the middle and a brilliant finish.

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