Giroud's late goal powers Arsenal past Leicester City

Joanna Estrada
August 19, 2017

The pulsating match was the Premier League's first of the season and it might have yielded an upset on another night, but the Gunners were resolute in the face of defeat and Welbeck - scorer of their second goal of the night - praised his teammate's determination and spirit.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", said Wenger.

But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equalizer and Giroud notching the victor two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line. "Obviously I'm still getting used to the English game, the positives and negatives, shall we say, but I'm learning".

"It was a rollercoaster ride but it went well", said Lacazette.

Worryingly for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has sold Wojciech Szczesny and loaned out Emi Martinez, meaning that David Ospina, who is rumoured to want a move away from the club this summer, is Cech's only competition.

"We're top of the league", Leicester fans chanted for the first time since May 2016 when their club was in possession of a Premier League trophy that Arsenal has not lifted since 2004.

Kevin Campbell, a highly popular figure at Highbury in the 90s, also took 94 seconds to punish Manchester City on the opening day on the 94/95 season.

The first touch from the 60 million euros ($68 million) signing was at kickoff.

Within three minutes Leicester were level.

But Giroud made his mark on Arsenal's new campaign on Friday as his late header secured a 4-3 win at home to Leicester City, who had led when the forward came off the bench. Schmeichel's saves were keeping Leicester in front but he was beaten when Ramsey got on the end of Granit Xhaka's cross and, again, when substitute Giroud headed in a corner. "So, from that point, scoring three and to still lose...it's about the results I understand that".

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