Wenger Hails Giroud's Impact, Arsenal Character In Comeback Win Vs Leicester

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

The 2017/18 Premier League season got off to a thunderous start at the Emirates on Friday night, with Arsenal coming back to win 4-3 against Leicester in a cracking game.

Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal's dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup, but has little margin for error ahead of tonight's Premier League opener against Leicester City.

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger".

The France international's future had been in doubt following the club-record arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, with clubs both in England and back in his home country reportedly interested.

ARSENAL'S ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE got his Premier League career off to the ideal start against Leicester at the Emirates this evening. "I don't think I would have started him", he said.

"Even if people will say, OK we conceded three goals. He's a collective player and an intelligent player".

In the 29th minute, Jamie Vardy gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage, scoring from close range after a superb ball into the area by Marc Albrighton, who exploited a blunder by Arsenal's Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal came out the second half still struggling and Leicester scored their second goal from a corner to make it 2-3 in the 56th minute.

The fightback did happen however with Ramsey (83rd minute) and Giroud (85th minute) securing a 4-3 opening night win for the Gunners.

"I feel that the goals we conceded, we can work to get rid of that", he said.

Because the Dream Team game - the UK's biggest fantasy football game - is back and better than ever this season.

The match was a great advert for a league that is already prime box office viewing worldwide but Arsenal's hopes of a first title since 2004 will require some polishing of a rusty defence after Leicester put away half of their chances.

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. "Because one was a corner, one was a goal where we lost the ball in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again".

Arsenal's win leaves them at the top of the table, for now.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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