Premier League Opener: Arsenal Edge City In Seven-Goal Thriller

Lynette Rowe
August 13, 2017

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud replaced Mohammed Elneny and Rob Holding after 67 minutes and within 20 minutes the Gunners were ahead.

"I want him to have a chance to play somewhere as well". And in the end he chose to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

"I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back, Mesut Ozil - we have plenty of the same type of players".

"Overall I must say we kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding and overall you could say as well we were punished on every single mistake tonight by a Leicester team who was very efficient going forward".

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

"But I don't want him to go".

"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".

"I feel that the goals we conceded, we can work to get rid of that", he said.

His next touch was heading the ball into the back of the net in the second minute and the Premier League was off and running.

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Raising the bar for the other 379 games this season, Arsenal defeated Leicester City in a thrilling 4-3 contest that had both teams playing from behind and taking the lead at various points.

Leicester moved in front through Jamie Vardy just before the half-hour, but the Gunners made it 2-2 going into the break with Danny Welbeck opening his season account in injury time.

Mahrez saw an effort tipped over by Cech as Leicester looked to regain their advantage - something they did from the resulting corner as Vardy, completely unmarked, headed home the Algerian's set-piece.

The hosts' joy was short-lived, however, as Shinji Okazaki equalized for the Foxes within minutes.

Key Stat: Arsenal have won their last seven home games against Leicester in all competitions.

Ramsey erased the one-goal deficit for the Gunners with a strike in the 82nd minute. "We have plenty of the same type of player".

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare was good on his word and started Riyad Mahrez, despite the fact the Algeria worldwide has asked to leave the club.

"It's impossible to keep them happy when strikers don't play".

"All pre-season he's looked sharp and fit", said Shakespeare, who gave Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho his competitive debut as a late substitute.

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