English Premier League: Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller

English Premier League: Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller

The Gunners made the ideal start to their first Premier League game of the 2017-18 season when new signing Alexandre Lacazette broke the deadlock in the second minute.

In stark contrast to his vast riches in attack, Wenger had far less to be satisfied with defensively, with the absences of Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi and Per Mertesacker leaving youngster Rob Holding exposed.

Substitute Aaron Ramsey rifled home to level before Giroud - introduced alongside the Wales global - headed in an 85th-minute victor to settle a breathless encounter in Arsenal's favour.

They're also looking for their first Premier League win over Arsenal.

His brittle defence has not eased any worries going into the game and safe to say, they are not happy with that performance in the slightest.

The two sides went into the break level as Danny Welbeck scored on the stroke of half-time with a neat finish.

Against the run of play, a brilliant low cross from Marc Albrighton was met by Jamie Vardy who put his side in front from close range.

But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973.

Arsenal after a victory in the F.A. Community Shield game on Sunday. Credit Tony O’Brien  Reuters
Arsenal after a victory in the F.A. Community Shield game on Sunday. Credit Tony O’Brien Reuters

The fans at the Emirates were getting their first glimpse of Lacazette in a competitive game and the £46.5 million ($60.3 million, 51.1 million euros) man needed less than two minutes to find the net. They would look at it and ask why the club are selling him to a Premier League rival.

On resumption, Vardy restored the Foxes' lead just after 11 minutes of play.

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City - Goals in the opener.

Given their poor opening day record (one win in seven before Friday) we should've expected another opening day collapse but given their fine preseason form and an impressive display against Chelsea to win the Community Shield last weekend at Wembley, this inept display against Leicester City was hard to believe.

Giroud told Sky Sports after the game that he and his teammates never doubted they could come back.

Life as an Arsenal fan summed up in four minutes.

Wenger said he gave Giroud the option to leave for another club this summer in search of more regular playing time but was thrilled when the striker chose to stay. "As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal". The Frenchman's injury crisis could see him be without the services of as many as eight first-team players due to fitness issues.

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