Arsenal Edge Leicester in 7-Goal Premier League Thriller

Arsenal Edge Leicester in 7-Goal Premier League Thriller

Olivier Giroud headed home the late victor on Friday.

Flying wing-back Sead Kolasinac and Welbeck saw another couple of chances come and go as the Gunners pressed for a second, but it was Leicester who found the game's next goal against the run of play 29 minutes in.

Giroud's compatriot Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal in just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level for the Foxes less than three minutes later.

Against a plucky Leicester side at a packed and tense Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger's men scored twice in the last 10 minutes - first through substitute Aaron Ramsey before the much-maligned Giroud headed in the victor off Granit Xhaka's corner.

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.

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Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to level with eight minutes remaining before Giroud wrapped up the points. "He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

Wenger has always been desperate to keep Giroud because he offers something so different with his aerial presence but was also willing to let him leave if he felt that he needed a guarantee that he would start more regularly in this World Cup season.

"But at some stage I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers". In the end he chose to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me. But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973.

But Arsenal entered the match with a dismal record of one win, three losses and three draws in their last seven season openers.

"We were quite good previous year on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system".

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