EPL 2017/18: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City, 5 Talking Points

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Giroud got the victor with an 85th-minute header, and he said afterward that Arsenal never doubted they could come back.

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.

The French striker came off the bench to hand the Gunners all three points in a thrilling 4-3 win over Leicester on Friday night.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Olivier Giroud turned down the chance to leave the club during the summer transfer window. "Overall I must say we kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding and overall you could say as well we were punished on every single mistake tonight by a Leicester team who was very efficient going forward", Wenger said after the win, as quoted on Arsenal's official site. At one stage I opened the door for him to go as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he made a decision to stay.

The Frenchman wants to see the Gunners' record signing Alexandre Lacazette emulate what the 35-year-old former Sweden global striker did in the Premier League.

"I have been hesitating because I am the most happy man when I play and I am on the pitch".

Following Danny Welbeck's leveller in first-half stoppage time, another corner yielded Leicester's third goal as Riyad Mahrez's cross was headed home by Vardy.

While Arsenal won just their second opening fixture in the last eight years, they were pushed all the way by the Foxes, who had led twice during a frenetic evening at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger also added after the game that he was delighted that the 30-year-old had chose to stay at the Emirates, after he had offered him the opportunity to leave.

"We went for a win and we deservedly earned it".

"At the moment, sitting here, I've got a dejected dressing room".

Giroud, 30, started just 11 Premier League matches last season and scored 12 goals. "We see players like Hector Bellerin, Alex Iwobi coming through, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock have had a fantastic pre-season".

"Disappointed the referee didn't give it because he had a great view but then we have to defend the corner given", Shakespeare was quoted as saying by the Independent.

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