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

Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 in Premier League opener

Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 in Premier League opener

Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Mahrez, James (Iheanacho, min. 82), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray, min. 88); Okazaki (Amartey, min. 72), Vardy.

Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi started for Leicester City as Arsenal came back from 2-1 down to beat the Foxes 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller in the opening game of the English Premier League on Friday night, reports.

Wenger eventually signed a new two-year contract extension following an end to a campaign which finished on a high with victory in the FA Cup final after failing to secure Champions League qualification for the first time under his long tenure. But if the rest of the Premier League season is half as good as what we saw today, we're going to be in for a very special season.

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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. Then Arsenal pulled it back to 2-2. Optimism is still rampant, it's a marathon not a sprint, and I'm glad you're all along for the ride with us this season.

He drove at Arsenal's defence and his sublime whipped cross found the England worldwide who couldn't miss from inside the six-yard box completely against the run of play.

However, Arsenal's makeshift back three of Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal and Rob Holding failed to stop Shinji Okazaki equalising just two minutes later.

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Although Danny Welbeck levelled on the stroke of halftime, Vardy restored Leicester's lead after the break.

Arsenal then had a penalty shout as Kolasanic's shot hit Onyine Ndidi's raised arm, but Mike Dean adjudged the Leicester man was too close to be able to react.

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Giroud scored with five minutes left on the clock to ensure Arsenal shrug off Craig Shakespeare's bold Leicester side. First Aaron Ramsey smashed home an equaliser in the 83rd minute, before Giroud powered a header into the top corner a couple of minutes later to complete an incredible fightback.

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