Arsenal defeats Leicester City 4-3 in an incredible season opener

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

But Wenger said there was now no chance of Giroud leaving before the transfer deadline closes later this month after the player had resolved to fight for his place in the first team at the Emirates Stadium.

Ramsey tied the score 3-3 in the 83rd minute with a nice strike from inside the penalty area, and Giroud got the victor two minutes later with a header that Kasper Schmeichel was unable to keep out of the net. "He's fantastic", the manager added.

The 30-year-old has been linked with the likes of West Ham, Everton and Marseille since the arrival of club-record signing Lacazette but Wenger is pleased the former Montpellier man has opted to stay put. He's a fantastic player, but as well he has a big weight in this squad. "It was relief he chose to stay". "Because Giroud is in his prime and is at the top of his game. So overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and is a collective player and an intelligent player as well".

A Jamie Vardy brace and an early header from Shinji Okazaki overshadowed Lacazette's opener after 94 seconds and Danny Welbeck's tap-in just before half-time.

The Gunners were a goal up inside two minutes as Alexandre Lacazette scored on debut with only his second touch of the game - heading in Mohamed Elneny's cross.

'We wanted to do that today - unfortunately that didn't happen and it's something where we can look back and analyse the game and see where we went wrong and improve on the situation'. "(We had) 70 percent possession, 27 shots on goal, Leicester had three shots on target and scored three so that shows you how efficient they are".

"The goals we conceded, we can work to get rid of that".

"I'm disappointed with the handball in the build-up, but once the corner's given you have to defend it better", he said.

Honestly, you could not have asked for more to open the Premier League season for the 2017-18 campaign.

Time and time again he has proved himself an effective substitute in the latter stages of games meaning his goal-per-minute ratio compares to some of league's most respected forwards in history. "To come here and score three has to be pleasing in some respect, but it doesn't feel like it". I don't know whether it was a lack of concentration or game management.

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