Okazaki nets as Leicester lose to Arsenal in Premier League opener


Arsene Wenger made a decision to bypass his team's defensive difficulties by not playing any center backs for the final 23 minutes as Arsenal rallied for an absurd 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the league's first ever opening night on a Friday.

The impressive Vardy scored his second in the 53rd minute to put Leicester in front once more, curling Riyad Mahrez's corner into the bottom far corner amid poor Arsenal marking.

But Leicester pulled one back through Shinji Okazaki who scored for the Foxes by outjumping Granit Xhaka to head home Harry Maguire's cutback header for the Foxes' first goal of the season.

"But I haven't been able to score on a consistent basis, which is something I need to be able to do".

There was a collective sigh in the stadium, and while Arsenal did respond well to that equaliser in an attacking sense, their defensive play was ropey.

It was great to see Alexandre Lacazette get his first Arsenal goal and in such an incredible match too.

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Danny Welbeck pulled Arsenal level on the stroke of half-time but Vardy struck again 10 minutes into the second period. Cech was unconvincing for Leicester's 2nd goal after he hesitated to come out to meet Marc Albrighton's cross, which Vardy converted to make it 1-2.

Many observers may have thought Giroud's days at Arsenal were numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

That was followed up by Olivier Giroud extremely late in the game with a brilliant header to seal the points on a dramatic night.

Then, the fight back came and Aaron Ramsey got Arsene Wenger's side level. First it was Ramsey, left wide open in the box off a cross into the danger area, and two minutes later it was Giroud, heading in a corner kick. However, after settling back into Premier League life and getting a win under their belt, Arsenal will be looking for a more comfortable win this time round.

"We saw it though for 83 minutes", Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said, "and to concede two late set-plays in the manner we did is obviously hard to take". And it's a win that'll leave those Arsenal supporters hoping, once again, that things will be different this year after all.