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

Giroud rescues Arsenal to seal 4-3 opening win vs Leicester

Giroud rescues Arsenal to seal 4-3 opening win vs Leicester

Shinji Okazaki cancelled out Alexandre Lacazette's opener, before Jamie Vardy's strike helped Leicester take the lead on 29 minutes. Just a few minutes later, he would net the goal that would secure the win for Arsenal to start the season.

Everton have been dealt a bitter blow in their attempts to sign Olivier Giroud after the striker confirmed he is not leaving Arsenal this summer.

"Giroud is fantastic. I opened the door for him".

He's good enough to do that job of a second striker; what Dzeko did for Man City for two or three years when they were winning titles: you had Aguero as the number one man but he played a huge role.

Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France worldwide Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer. "Obviously I'm still getting used to the English game, the positives and negatives, shall we say, but I'm learning".

"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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He birdied the par-5 15th by chipping to 3 feet after hitting an uphill 3-wood that went over the green from 290 yards out. I said, 'OK, I'll bounce it up and see where it goes.' Luckily it got out of the bunker and on to the other side.

The 28-year-old has been heavily linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City in the transfer window, but Wenger has held firm and insisted time and time again that the number 7 is going nowhere. "He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay".

To think, we have an entire opening weekend to go yet, as well as an entire season.

Harry Maguire nodded Marc Albrighton's cross back into the path of Okazaki, who headed home for Leicester to level the scores before Vardy's goal.

The subs paid off, with Ramsey scoring in the 83rd minute to make it 3-3 and Giroud heading in off the post two minutes later to win a thrilling encounter for Arsenal. 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.

The France worldwide joined Arsenal for a club-record £52million transfer from Lyon this summer, and has made an immediate impact by heading in an early goal against Leicester City.

"It's impossible to keep them happy when strikers don't play. Yes, but we scored four goals as well and the game was of quality".

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