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Jamie Carragher reacts to Arsenal's 4-3 win over Leicester

13 August, 2017, 01:05 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season opening thriller

Giroud certainly proved his worth against Leicester City on Friday night as he helped the Gunners kick-off the new Premier League season with a dramatic 4-3 win.

Substitute Aaron Ramsey slammed home and 83rd minute equaliser before Olivier Giroud met Granit Xhaka's corner to win the season opener.

The Arsenal manager faced open dissent from fans last season as his side missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.

Wenger is keen for his team to make a strong start and banish memories of last season, when they lost their opening game 4-3 to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.

But he's likely to start from the bench because of an ankle issue.

The way they ruthlessly pounced on Arsenal mistakes was highlighted by their second via a Albrighton cross for Vardy to tap home at the back post. Despite being linked with a number of high-profile moves in the summer transfer window, the Gunners only acquired two players: forward Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon and fullback Sead Kolasinac from Schalke.

His brittle defence has not eased any worries going into the game and safe to say, they are not happy with that performance in the slightest.

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Research done by Bettingexpert shows that no current Premier League player has scored more opening day goals than Lacazette.

You've got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.

However, there was still one more goal to come in a pulsating first-half, with Danny Welbeck netting from close-range after good play from Kolasinac.

It was Leicester's deadly duo from 2015/16 who combined as Vardy glanced a header into the bottom corner after Mahrez's corner following some more shoddy defending from Arsene Wenger's men.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he made a decision to stay", said Wenger. "We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", he said.

Jamie Vardy celebrates with Shinji Okazaki after scoring the second. Following a short corner on the left, Marc Albrighton's deep cross was headed back across goal by Harry Maguire and Okazaki leapt to nod a header past Petr Cech.

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