Giroud hands Arsenal dramatic win over Leicester city

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

Giroud came big for the Gunners once again.

But Shinji Okazaki immediately responded with a nifty header to tie the game back up just three minutes later.

Alexis Sanchez returned to Arsenal training on Friday as manager Arsene Wenger maintains his stance that the forward will not be sold. Even after Danny Welbeck levelled on the stroke of halftime, Vardy restored Leicester's lead after the break. It was just their second league opening win in eight seasons. "We were quite good a year ago on corners and overall I believe that with a bit of work we can get that out of the system", the French coach added.

The Frenchman will be hoping it is a sign of changing fortunes after a season when he reached his nadir.

Fans will certainly be expecting a lot more from Arsenal this season after they finished outside the top-four for the first time in Wenger's tenure last term, which means the North London side are preparing for a campaign in the Europa League.

This was the flawless lift-off for Arsenal, particularly for Lacazette.

The Gunners' record signing brought Emirates Stadium to its feet by steering Mohamed Elneny's cross past Kasper Schmeichel.

Lacazette savored the moment, opening his arms wide to take in the acclamation of his new home.

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Arsenal's quickfire lead lasted barely three minutes before Marc Albrighton's cross from the left was headed back into the middle by Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire and Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

How quickly optimism faded as Arsenal's enduring defensive flaws were exposed so soon.

And, he was nowhere to be seen for the second either as Vardy skipped in to put the Foxes ahead 20 minutes later from close range.

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

Nigerian worldwide, Kelechi Iheanacho, came on for his Premier League debut for Leicester but was unable to help the Foxes avoid defeat.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive - from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up - before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka's corner.

"For a first game, it was a top-quality game".

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