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Dramatic Olivier Giroud winner as season explodes into life

13 August, 2017, 03:56 | Author: Joan Malone

Arsenal and Leicester City face off in their Premier League opening clash at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.

While Arsenal won just their second opening fixture in the last eight years, they were pushed all the way by the Foxes, who had led twice during a frenetic evening at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed "relief" over Olivier Giroud's decision to stay after the France striker earned his side a breathless 4-3 win against Leicester City. Both teams played fantastic and poorly throughout the 90 minutes, but Arsenal found just a bit more late, and an Olivier Giroud goal gave the Gunners all 3 points.

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.

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.

The lead lasted three minutes before Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire headed Marc Albrighton's cross from the left back into the middle and Shinji Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech. Leicester will be happy enough to see that they appear to have the goals in them this season, they just need to tighten up their back line against set pieces.

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Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Wenger said: "We are open to an exceptional player. He has a big weight in this squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay".

Arsenal appeared a step behind defensively, ceding possession nearly uncontested at moments, and Marc Albrighton would make them pay, jumping on a misplayed ball from Arsenal and sending a lovely cross to Jamie Vardy who would put it away to give Leicester City their first lead of the campaign.

Leicester would not be disheartened though and Vardy struck again in the 56th minute from a Riyad Mahrez corner.

"We were quite good previous year on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system". We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well.

The game was a real thriller, as Arsenal came back from being down 2-1 and 3-2.

Arsenal will be riding on their recent wins in the Community Shield and the FA Cup before that, against Premier League winners Chelsea.

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