Arsenal edge out Leicester City 4-3 in thrilling Premier League opener

Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and Sead Kolasinac celebrate

Sead Kolasinac scored his first Arsenal goal in last weekend's Community Shield

Arsenal had to rally from 2-1 and 3-2 down in an action-packed Premier League opener that was decided by Giroud's thumping header off the crossbar in the 85th minute at the Emirates.

This Arsenal side has a true never say die attitude.

Completing the starting lineup for Arsene Wenger's men are Hector Bellerin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the wing-back positions, as well as Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka in the central midfield. Vardy was left completely unmarked in Arsenal's preferred zonal marking system. That's acceptable but perhaps proved that Arsenal's second-string defenders may not be as good as we thought.

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger".

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that".

There were glimpses that this season will be about much more than just settling for midtable obscurity for Leicester.

What he did defensively towards the end of the game - Gary's just mentioned the back four that Arsenal had - without him at the end you fear Leicester would have got the equaliser. The future of Alexis Sanchez is unclear but Wenger has suggested he is prepared to keep the striker for a season and then let him leave on a free if he will not sign a £300,000-a-week contract.

Mahrez saw an effort tipped over by Cech as Leicester looked to regain their advantage - something they did from the resulting corner as Vardy headed home the Algerian's set-piece.

Like many of Leicester's players, Vardy endured a post-title slump last season, scoring only 13 times in the league, and Shakespeare was delighted to see him back among the goals. "You want the Premier League to be the best league in the world and I think it has to produce this kind of games to produce interest and quality", he said. The first was a kick off.

Lacazette scores the season's opening goal.

Sead Kolasinac marked his debut with a goal in the Community Shield and forced Kasper Schmeichel into a smart save here with a driven shot from just inside the box, but the Gunners again fell behind to Vardy's strike.

Intriguingly, it is a former Arsenal forward with whom Lacazette now shares his record.

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