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Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 -18 Premier League - Arsenal beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Arsenal Vs Leicester City
Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side's favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton's cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez's corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal's comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive - from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up - before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka's corner

Led by captain Wes Morgan and new signing Harry Maguire, Leicester remained resolute in the second half until the pressure from Arsenal - who had 27 attempts at goal - eventually told.
"Scoring three goals away from home is a positive and we'll get back on the training field to make sure we sort the problems out," said Vardy, who turned down a move to the Gunners last summer

  • This was only the sixth time that an opening game in a Premier League season has seen seven goals scored - no game has seen more
  • Arsenal are now unbeaten in 22 Premier League games against Leicester City - winning 15 and drawing seven - and they have won 11 successive Premier League home games against the Foxes
  • Alexandre Lacazette scored with his first shot (and second touch) as a Premier League player
  • The last player to score a goal faster on their Premier League debut was Thievy Bifouma, who came on for his Premier League debut for West Brom at half-time and scored after just 36 seconds in a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace in February 2014
  • Lacazette is just the seventh player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal, after Kevin Campbell, Steve Bould, Fredrik Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Thomas Vermaelen.
  • Jamie Vardy has now scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Arsenal

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