Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 in Premier League opener

Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 in Premier League opener

The Frenchman's thunderous header completed a thrilling comeback for Arsenal on the opening day of the season, and the idea that any suitors might lure Giroud away was met by "a determined no" from Wenger.

The ruthless Jamie Vardy took advantage of Arsenal's shoddy defending twice - he stunned the Gunners with an emphatic kick in the first half and a delightful header in the second. Things had looked promising for the North Londoners coming out of pre-season. Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Gabriel, Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla.

Then, as they usually do, Arsenal got it back by the end and pulled out a win. The year before that, West Ham was victorious by a 2-0 score.

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

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches - all of which were also home fixtures. Mohammend Elneny placed a superb cross to Lacazette who flicked the ball ointo the back of Leicester City's net.

The guests needed only 10 minutes to regain their lead after the restart as Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez's cross to score his side's third goal and complete his brace.

English Premier League: Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller
The Frenchman's injury crisis could see him be without the services of as many as eight first-team players due to fitness issues. But Leicester , which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973.

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

And at the half-hour mark, Vardy got the first of his two go-ahead goals. He'll play 30 games, he'll give you 15 goals.

On the brink of halftime, Arsenal seemed to have mitigated the damage. Lacazette's shot was blocked but fell for Sead Kolasinac, who laid off for Danny Welbeck to tuck in the equalizer.

Arsenal began its assault for an equalizer. Aaron Ramsey almost scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute but Christian Fuchs made sure to pressure him into a mistake. "We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game" ollowed by Olivier Giroud, who headed in the winning goal in the 85th minute, raising the roof at the Emirates.

"We saw it through for 83 minutes", Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said, "and to concede two late set-plays in the manner we did is obviously hard to take".

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