Arsenal prevailed a roller coaster Premier League opener on Friday evening in a seven goal thriller against Leicester City, as the Gunners have now broken their opening day jinx after a couple of seasons.
Arsene’s Arsenal were forced to field a make shift back line due to many injuries but both of their new signings started the game. Substitute Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey scored to give Arsenal a 4-3 victory on a series of mood changing and nerve wracking evening.
The tone of the new season was set when record signing Alexandre Lacazette scored just after two minutes two give Arsenal the lead. His header gave the hosts the advantage, which was neutralized by another header from Shinji Okazaki, just three minutes after.
Lacazette scored on his second touch
Arsenal’s defensive flaws were exposed as the away side then took the lead through Jamie Vardy’s strike form a Granit Xhaka mistake. Arsenal though came back on level terms seconds before half time when Danny Welbeck slotted the ball in the net. The score was 2-2 at half time.
Vardy gave Leicester the lead twice
Leicester regained their advantage ten minutes after restart as Arsenal’s zonal marking fell apart miserably and Vardy pounced again to head the ball home from a corner. The mood at the Emirates became anxious and something familiar, but Wenger’s masterstroke of substitutions turned the tide in Arsenal’s favour. Ramsey first equalized from a Xhaka pass and minutes after Giroud headed the ball home from a corner to ensure delirium at North London. Arsenal managed to hold it won the seven goal thriller.
Arsenal: Cech; Kolasinac, Monreal, Holding (Ramsey); Bellerin, Chamberlain, Xhaka, Elneny (Giroud); Ozil, Welbeck (Walcott); Lacazette
Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; James (Iheanacho), Ndidi; Okazaki (Amartey), Mahrez, Albrighton; Vardy
Man of the Match:
Granit Xhaka for his quality passing and two assists. He made some defensive mistakes but going forward the Swiss was exquisite.