Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Giroud has the last laugh as Arsenal edge epic opener

Giroud has the last laugh as Arsenal edge epic opener

Buckets of goals, wild defensive irresponsibility, Arsenal frailty and Arsenal fortitude (apparently it's a thing) - we feel confident saying it was the most entertaining match of the season so far. Arsene Wenger's men, though, would have the last laugh as Aaron Ramsey leveled seven minutes to time before substitute Olivier Giroud won it in the 85th. Arsenal were twice behind against Craig Shakespeare's side.

It brings him level with former Arsenal favourite Kevin Campbell, who breached Manchester City swiftly at Highbury in 1994, while Colombia great Faustino Asprilla also punished Sheffield Wednesday in the second minute of the 1997-98 campaign while at Newcastle United. Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette are our glorious present and future.

The substitutions nearly paid off as Ramsey was so close to restoring parity for the Gunners with his first touch, heading wide Hector Bellerin's cross from the left flank in the 68th minute.

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

The guests needed only 10 minutes to regain their lead after the restart as Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez's cross to score his side's third goal and complete his brace.

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Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after scoring Arsenal's fourth goal during the Premier League season opener against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

This prompted a double substitution from Wenger to try and turn the game around, and they did just that.

Nigerian worldwide, Kelechi Iheanacho, came on for his Premier League debut for Leicester but was unable to help the Foxes avoid defeat. During most of the game, the team's defence left much to be desired - that Vardy managed get past six defenders to score his second goal is testament to that.

"We went for a win and we deservedly earned it". To lose in the manner we did is very disappointing. I'm disappointed with the handball in the build up, but once the corner's given you have to defend it better.

The Premier League is back and will start with a typical game, which will see Arsenal host Leicester at the Emirates.

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