Arsenal triumph in seven-goal opening day thriller

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Arsene Wenger made a decision to bypass his team's defensive difficulties by not playing any center backs for the final 23 minutes as Arsenal rallied for an absurd 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the league's first ever opening night on a Friday.

Danny Welbeck then brought Arsenal back level on the brink of half-time.

Aaron Ramsey equalised in the 83rd minute and two minutes later substitute Giroud rose highest to head home via the woodwork.

Last season, two of them were not in Europe.

Asked what he thought about Leicester Wenger said they posed a threat to all teams "because they defend very well and are risky on the counter attack and so we have to put a decent pace in the game". We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game.

Wenger was also without three of his top centre-backs on the pitch - suspended Laurent Koscielny, injured Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi, who remained on the bench - and said the defensive mistakes can be ironed out quickly.

While the Frenchman insisted Arsenal were still "open" for business, he hinted that a flurry of new signings are unlikely.

Arsenal stepped things up, Schmeichel saving from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and home debutant Sead Kolasinac, but they were careless in possession and shortly before the half-hour, Leicester went in front for the first time. It is the first week he is back in full training and we have to sit down together and see where we go from there.

"But of course at the moment I have now 33 players and it is very hard to manage on a daily basis such a high number".

Manchester City have spent almost £200million on new players this summer and Jenas believes they must be considered title favourites, although he insists it is the Champions League that boss Pep Guardiola really covets. They all deserve to play. "He is a fantastic guy as well - committed, he loves the club.

He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay".

Cech admitted it was a sloppy display from the Gunners' rearguard, but he took heart with the way they recovered to snatch the points.

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group - he has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

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