Arsenal rally late to defeat Leicester on opening night


"Going forward and character wise we have been great", said a relieved Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who will be seeking a first league title since 2004 after being handed another two years in charge.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has told Arsene Wenger he'd like to be starting more games after netting a late victor in tonight's 4-3 thriller against Leicester City.

Arsenal will take on Leicester at the Emirates Stadium in North London in the Premier League on Friday evening.

Within three minutes Leicester were level.

Arsenal's quickfire lead lasted barely three minutes before Marc Albrighton's cross from the left was headed back into the middle by Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire and Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

The hosts settled into a rhythm after the fast start, showing plenty of good passing movements and mustering several chances.

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And the visitiors almost had a two goal lead four mintues later after another counter when Okazaki's header flashed inches wide of the post. The gunners this summer could gain for their country of about 50 million euros, but for the sake of returning to the Champions League refused to sell the player and risk losing him for free.

Mesut Ozil played a pass in to Lacazette, who tried to turn and fire, but his shot was fortuitously deflected right to Kolasinac, who unselfishly tapped across for Welebeck to score.

After the restart Vardy struck for a second time, giving Leicester a 3-1 lead which they hung onto until seven minutes from time.

The England striker was largely unmarked as he rose to meet Riyad Mahrez's header and directed it inside the back post to put Leicester ahead 3-2.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had a deflected shot go just wide, and moments later Ozil could only hit the side netting.

Olivier Giroud, who has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, headed home the victor after coming on as a substitute.