Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester - The Premier League Is Well And Truly Back

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester - The Premier League Is Well And Truly Back

Marquee summer signing Alexandre Lacazette shot Arsenal into an early lead before Shinji Okazaki levelled the scores five minutes later.

Arsenal appeared a step behind defensively, ceding possession nearly uncontested at moments, and Marc Albrighton would make them pay, jumping on a misplayed ball from Arsenal and sending a lovely cross to Jamie Vardy who would put it away to give Leicester City their first lead of the campaign.

Wenger revealed after the win that he offered Giroud the chance to leave the club this summer, but that the striker opted to stay, much to the delight of the manager.

"I felt that to lose tonight would have been awful for us because we had such good preparation and to sit there in the morning and think we had lost at home would have been bad", he said.

"He made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me". I know how important he is not only as a player - he's a fantastic player - but also in the group he has a big weight.

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Giroud outmuscled Harry Maguire to meet Granit Xhaka's corner with a strong header that hit the bar and bounced behind the line before Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could club it away.

That held until Arsenal took advantage of a lapse of discipline from Leicester right before halftime.

But we have begun the season with a dramatic win, which is unusual in itself, and we Arsene Wenger has continuously and consistently refused to allow any of our stars to leave.

"We lost the openers in my first and second years at Arsenal so now we were third time lucky".

"We know we can play together".

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Leicester restored their lead shortly after half time as Vardy rose high to head home following a corner but Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to make it 3-3 in the 82nd minute with a fine finish.

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

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

"With the first corner, we were late".

He added: "Our character was great because we were twice down and came back".

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