Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 in Premier League opener

Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 in Premier League opener

The impressive Vardy scored his second in the 53rd minute to put Leicester in front once more, curling Riyad Mahrez's corner into the bottom far corner amid poor Arsenal marking. After Aaron Ramsey leveled in the 83rd minute, Giroud sealed the three points within two minutes on an evening of thrilling attacks gifted by fragile defending.

Jamie Vardy - who has now scored five goals against the Gunners in his last six appearances - grabbed his first of the night on the half-hour mark to give the Foxes the lead, but Arsenal equalised on the stroke of half-time through Danny Welbeck.

Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the 85th minute victor from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line. I know how important he is not only as a player - he's a fantastic player - but also in the group he has a big weight.

'When we thought about the key qualities, they were the experience, the gravitas for a club like this, a record of success in the game.

The Frenchman admitted he was relieved Arsenal managed to avoid an embarrassing opening day defeat.

"Going forward and character wise we have been great".

Craig Shakespeare's side boasted numerous players, and characteristics, that saw them shock the world to win the title in 2015/16.

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"I feel as well that the goals we conceded we can work to get rid of that because one was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build-up and the third goal was on a corner again so we conceded two goals from corners".

Quite simply, Roma brought Monchi in to get them good players at below market value, and that requires the selling club to play the game.

"I opened the door for him at some stage as it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go", Wenger said at the post-match news conference.

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

"We have to take the positives out of the game, we have gone toe-to-toe with Arsenal over 90 minutes and I don't think many teams will come here and do that".

'It wasn't a sentimental decision, it wasn't based on 20 years of history with the club although there is tremendous loyalty which comes with that, but it wasn't a decision made out of loyalty, but out of the qualities the club has and what we feel we need over the next two years to take this club forward'.

"They had chances and then we had to chase".

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