Arsenal beat Leicester in thrilling Premier League opener

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette will likely relegate Giroud to the status of a benchwarmer this season but the 30-year-old proved his worth with a towering header in the 85th minute.

It's the players around him in terms of Arsene Wenger bringing in a better centre forward so he's not the focal point that everyone looks at and says he's not good enough.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay".

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group". Egypt global Mohamed Elneny sent a cross that was met by Lacazette, who headed the ball beyond Kasper Schmeichel. He also labelled the former Montpellier marksman as being "in his prime" and "at the top of his game".

"Lacazette is getting stronger in every game and tonight he put in a very convincing performance". "We were a threat and played football and contributed to a thoroughly entertaining game".

While Lacazette netted the opener after two minutes against Leicester on Friday, a collapse left Arsenal trailing with seven minutes remaining.

Leicester have since levelled the scores to 1-1 with Shinji Okazaki scoring just 160 seconds after Arsenal took the lead.

Arsenal came out the second half still struggling and Leicester scored their second goal from a corner to make it 2-3 in the 56th minute.

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The France worldwide came off the bench to head home in the 85th minute as the Gunners kicked off the Premier League season with a thrilling 4-3 win. "We had 27 attempts and they had three on target and three goals, but it's something we have to work on".

"We were quite good previous year on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system".

Referee Mike Dean (2nd R) was at the center of attention of failing to spot a handball by Mesut Ozil in the run up to Arsenal's third goal.

But he drew encouragement from his side's display.

"At the moment, sitting here, I've got a dejected dressing room. We're disappointed to score three and come away with a defeat".

Despite only starting 17 games last season in all competitions, Giroud still scored 16 times - including an eye-catching scorpion-style kick against Crystal Palace.

"We all know Jamie Vardy's attributes". We encourage him to do that.

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