Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Arsenal 4 Leicester City 3 - Olivier Giroud proves his worth

Arsenal 4 Leicester City 3 - Olivier Giroud proves his worth

"We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard", said Giroud who has vowed to fight for his place.

Arsenal hope Lacazette will help them return to the top four of the Premier League table and qualify for the UEFA Champions League - something they missed out on last season for the first time since Arsene Wenger took over as manager in 1996.

"But we try to win the game".

In the league's first Friday night start, Arsene Wenger's side was trailing 3-2 with seven minutes remaining but Ramsey grabbed the equalizer and Giroud headed in an 85th-minute victor.

The Gunners are thought to still be on the lookout for new signings this summer as they prepare to try and challenge for the Premier League title this season.

While Lacazette netted the opener after two minutes against Leicester on Friday, a collapse left Arsenal trailing with seven minutes remaining.

England striker Jamie Vardy, who was heavily linked with Arsenal 12 months ago, scored a brace either side of a Danny Welbeck leveller that showed Arsenal's rearguard to be equally terrible from open play and set-piece situations.

The 35-year-old, who scored 28 goals for United last season, has been at the club during his rehabilitation and Mourinho said the Swede could feature in the second half of the season.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said he was "disappointed" that referee Mike Dean did not spot what he described as a "definite handball" by Mesut Ozil in the build-up to Ramsey's equaliser. He'll play 30 games, he'll give you 15 goals.

Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan are on the road to recovery but neither will be available for Manchester City's first game of the season at Brighton this weekend. "First game of the season we played a classic, so for everybody at home it will have been incredible to watch". I think having the depth in the squad is important.

You can see all the goals from the thrilling match below, courtesy of ESPN and NBC Sports. The Gunners' defending was suspect, but Vardy did well to get in front of them and to put his chance away, restoring the Foxes' lead.

It looked bad for quite a while but Arsenal did come good and we broke the opening day run.

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