English Premier League: Arsenal kick start the league with in win over Leicester

August 12th, 2017 | by Sidomex
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Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

 

LONDON (BBC) – The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side’s favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

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.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

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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.

 

Vardy caused problems throughout for Arsenal, looking as sharp as he did during Leicester’s title-winning campaign. PHOTO: BBC SPORT

 

Man of the match – Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

 

Post-match reaction

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

“We know defensively we can do better but overall we produced a top-quality game.

“When the substitutes came on they had enough quality to make the difference.

“I’m convinced that overall this kind of game can strengthen the belief. When you’re in difficult situations you’re reminded you’ve done it before so can do it again.”

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Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare:

“We spoke about being compact and being a threat with the pace of Vardy. We executed that well. We’re disappointed to score three and come away with a defeat.

“When teams make substitutes just before corners it’s confusing. I’m disappointed with the handball in the build up, but once the corner’s given you have to defend it better. I don’t know whether it was lack of concentration or game management.

 

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