EPL: Arsenal gun down Leicester in seven-goal thriller

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

The 2017-18 Premiere League season started off with an absolute thriller between Arsenal and Leicester City on Friday.

Two minutes later, the comeback was complete, with super-sub Giroud sending the home fans wild via magnificent header from a Xhaka corner, despite being held by Wes Morgan.

Danny Welbeck levelled for Arsenal, but Vardy's second goal looked to have won it for Leicester until the sensational finale.

In the league's first Friday night start, Arsene Wenger's side was trailing 3-2 with seven minutes remaining but Ramsey grabbed the equaliser and Giroud headed in an 85th-minute victor.

Arsenal welcomed Leicester City into Emirates Stadium on Friday to get the festivities rolling this season, and it appeared as if everyone would get a chance to use their Arsenal jokes for at least the next week.

But as so often happens in the opening round, Arsenal imploded as Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy put Leicester in front.

Wenger shuffled his pack and Aaron Ramsey levelled with eight minutes remaining before fellow substitute Giroud wrapped up the points.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he chose to stay", said Wenger.

"He is really loved here, we love him and, in the end, he chose to stay". It was one of the great days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay". Manager Arsene Wenger this week revealed that he gave the player the option of leaving, but that he chose to fight for his place.

Arsenal is not just pursuing a first league title since 2004 but also a return to the top four - and Champions League qualification - after finishing fifth in May.

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

But Arsenal entered the match with a dismal record of one win, three losses and three draws in their last seven season openers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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