Giroud header seals Arsenal win

Doug Mendoza
August 12, 2017

Substitute Olivier Giroud scored a late victor as Arsenal staged a dramatic fightback to kick off the new Premier League season with a pulsating 4-3 victory against Leicester City on Friday night.

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.

Arsenal looked a beaten team when Leicester led 3-2 early in the second half after Vardy grabbed his second goal before the substitutions gave them new vigour in attack.

Jamie Vardy then struck twice, either side of a Danny Welbeck equaliser, as the 2015-16 champions looked for a first league win over Arsenal since 1983.

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The France worldwide came off the bench to head home in the 85th minute as the Gunners started their season with a thrilling 4-3 win.

The 30-year-old has been linked with West Ham, Everton and Marseille since the arrival of club-record signing Lacazette. I know how important he is not only as a player - he's a fantastic player - but also in the group he has a big weight. He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay, but at some stage I opened the door for him because I knew I had many strikers. It was a relief for me he made a decision to stay.

"I went to a three-man midfield to get us a screen because Mesut Ozil was playing in the pockets and I wanted Wilfred Ndidi to get in and around him".

"He is an intelligent player who can integrate our game well as we have a game backed on mobility, technique. With a bit of work we can get that out of the system". "Ultimately, it wasn't that which cost us, it was the set plays".

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