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

Giroud header seals Arsenal win

Giroud header seals Arsenal win

Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud opted to stay at Arsenal this summer after the striker scored the victor in Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester.

In the league's first Friday night start, Arsene Wenger's side was trailing 3-2 with seven minutes remaining but Ramsey grabbed the equaliser and Giroud headed in an 85th-minute victor.

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"At some stage it didn't look like (a win)".

"We wanted to do that today - unfortunately that didn't happen and it's something where we can look back and analyse the game and see where we went wrong and improve on the situation".

"We were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team that was very efficient going forward. We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that".

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Arsenal debutant Alexandre Lacazette gave his team a dream start with a goal after only 94 seconds. Shinji Okazaki scored another header to make it 1-1 three minutes later, as the Japanese forward latched on to a Harry Maguire flick-on from Marc Albrighton's cross.

The electric start to the campaign, with a match on the Friday night opening the league programme for the first time, was the prologue for a fast match of punch and counter-punch.

Jamie Vardy put the visitors ahead just before the half hour, darting into the box to rifle another fine Albrighton cross past Cech after the winger had pounced on a poor square ball from Arsenal midfielder Mezut Ozil.

Despite a Danny Wellbeck leveller on the stroke of halftime, the Emirates Stadium crowd was growing increasingly anxious and, when Vardy scored his second with 40 minutes to play, they must have feared the worst.

Arsenal didn't get off the most convincing start against Leicester tonight, but Giroud more than proved his worth to the club by finding a victor after a real scare from the visitors. But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973.

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