Giroud rescues Arsenal to seal 4-3 opening win vs Leicester

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

Though Arsenal began the second half on the front foot, Leicester created the cleaner chances, Cech rushing out of his box to tackle Vardy and then tipping over a shot by Riyad Mahrez, and after 11 minutes they went in front again.

During most of the game, the team's defence left much to be desired - that Vardy managed get past six defenders to score his second goal is testament to that.

The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side's favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal were caught in possession on the left once again minutes later and Okazaki nearly doubled his tally but headed narrowly wide.


"But I haven't been able to score on a consistent basis, which is something I need to be able to do".

Danny Welbeck would bring the Gunners back level with a strike just before the half.

Arsenal record-signing Alexandre Lacazette launched his English league career in style by heading in the opener after 94 seconds.

There was a collective sigh in the stadium, and while Arsenal did respond well to that equaliser in an attacking sense, their defensive play was ropey.


Despite having the lion's share of possession, the hosts found themselves 2-1 down just before the half-hour mark, with a misplaced Granit Xhaka pass allowing Marc Albrighton to set up Jamie Vardy, who slid the cross home.

There is so much Nigerian interests attached to this game with at least three Nigerians expected to taste action.

The 26-year-old gave his side the lead after just two minutes after getting onto the end of Mohamed Elneny's cross with a powerful header to beat the helpless Kasper Schmeichel.

Obviously, with this being the first game of the season, Arsenal is going to be top of the table for at least the next 12 or so hours until the rest of the Premier League plays on Saturday. I got back late, I should have handled this better.


The substitutions nearly paid off as Ramsey was so close to restoring parity for the Gunners with his first touch, heading wide Hector Bellerin's cross from the left flank in the 68th minute. "The players are champing at the bit to get started", he said.

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