Arsenal produce stunning comeback to beat Leicester City in opening night thriller

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

But it was a different story at the other end as Wenger called upon additional firepower in the form of Aaron Ramsey and Giroud to turn the match around inside the final seven minutes and ward off a return to last season's febrile atmosphere of protest on home turf - at least for the time being.

"He's a fantastic guy and he's committed, so this is one of my best days for a number of weeks".

"Giroud? He's fantastic", Wenger said of the France global, who usually started on the bench last season and had been linked with a move away from The Emirates.

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford

Giroud, speaking after the game on the pitch with Sky Sports said: "Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push".

Record signing Alexandre Lacazette got off to a ideal start by scoring within two minutes of kick-off.

Arsenal's quickfire lead lasted barely three minutes before Marc Albrighton's cross from the left was headed back into the middle by Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire and Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan. He is a collective player, an intelligent player as well". Giroud is in his prime, at the top of his game.

"But the top seven, we're going to be in the four competitions, so there's no advantage for any one of us".

But the French coach knows he has work to do on his defence after Friday's performance in which Arsenal were found wanting at two set pieces that resulted in Leicester goals. "One was a corner, one on build-up, one on a corner again", he said.

Alexandre Lacazette's goal in the second minute had the Gunners dreaming of the Premier League title, infinite riches and world domination as they hosted Leicester City in the season's opening clash on Friday night.

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