Arsenal edge past Leicester in Premier League season opener

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Matty James last played Leicester in the Premier League 825 days ago.

Vardy was then afforded far too much space by both the Bosnia worldwide and Monreal for Leicester's second, after Holding had failed to block another Albrighton centre. Late Welsh equalizers and meaty French foreheads somehow have Arsenal at the top of the league. Buckets of goals, wild defensive irresponsibility, Arsenal frailty and Arsenal fortitude (apparently it's a thing) - we feel confident saying it was the most entertaining match of the season so far. So hard to choose between Spurs (Wembley woe?) and Arsenal (unhappy/without Alexis Sanchez, pictured below).

Wenger revealed after Friday's win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

But those dreams quickly turned sour when Shinji Okazaki levelled, and by the time Jamie Vardy had given Leicester the lead supporters had seen just about enough. But then Wenger said threw the kitchen sink at the Foxes. Giroud is in his prime, at the top of his game.

Meanwhile, Craig Shakespeare hopes Leicester can end their Arsenal hoodoo tonight. With no European football this year, Leicester can focus on the Premier League, but they've got a tough task in front of them to start the year at Arsenal.

Wenger doubled down and went with none.

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Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton's cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Completing the starting lineup for Arsene Wenger's men are Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the wing-back positions, as well as Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka in the central midfield.

Shearer, who won the league with Blackburn in 1995, believes Antonio Conte will have to make two or three more key signings if they are to repeat last season's heroics.

Lacazette made his Premier League debut by taking the kickoff for the Gunners.

It was a recurring concern every time Leicester moved into the final third, with Arsenal's three at the back looking unacquainted.

Such an effort provoked scenes of sheer jubilation at the Emirates Stadium and came just two minutes after fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey looked to have rescued a point for the inconsistent Gunners after blasting in from close range.

Leicester came again after the break, with Vardy heading home a Riyad Mahrez corner to put the visitors ahead for a second time after 56 minutes.

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