Arsenal vs Leicester City, Premier League

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City scores his side's third goal in their Premier League opener, which they ultimately lost 4-3, against Aresnal on Friday night in London.

But Leicester couldn't resist a relentless final 15 minutes from Wenger's side, and Giroud's win was a cruel blow to a side that had offered so much to an exhilarating 90 minutes.

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The presence of Lacazette among forward options including Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, who impressed and netted Arsenal's second, led Wenger into a frank conversation with Giroud.

With 65 minutes on the clock Wenger turned to Ramsey and Giroud, the former nearly making an instant impact by narrowly missing the target when getting on the end of a left-sided cross.

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The Gunners were a goal up inside two minutes as Alexandre Lacazette scored on debut with only his second touch of the game - heading in Mohamed Elneny's cross. It was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is, not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group. "He has a big weight in this squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

"I'm disappointed with the handball in the build-up, but once the corner's given you have to defend it better", he said. Both teams haven't been on the top of their game in the English Premier League but history precedes the Gunners and the Foxes as they play each other to start their Premier League on a good note.

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. What a game this was, a seven goals thriller to open the Premier League! "We put ourselves in a commanding position and a few lapses in concentration have cost us", Vardy said after the game.

Leicester showed plenty of endeavour as they came close to causing an upset in the Premier League's first fixture. We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that.

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