Arsenal 4 Leicester 3: Ramsey and Giroud rescue Gunners from defeat
Aug 13 2017
But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equaliser and Giroud notching the victor two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line.
Record signing Alexander Lacazette opened his account within two minutes of the kick-off, but the home side's lead was nearly immediately rubbed out as Shinji Okazaki equalised minutes later before Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front after half an hour.
Arsenal weren't celebrating for long because just 160 seconds later, Leicester had equalised through Shinji Okazaki.
Vardy punished Arsenal for sloppy defending when he won a free header from Mahrez's corner to give Leicester the lead once again.
Arsenal made the flawless start to their latest attempt to win a first Premier League trophy in 14 seasons through £58 million signing Lacazette.
Instead, Wenger avoided a third successive season-opening loss at the start of his new two-year contract.
Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that abdominal strain will keep him out of their first match against the Foxes.
The fans at the Emirates were getting their first glimpse of Lacazette in a competitive game and the £46.5 million ($60.3 million, 51.1 million euros) man needed less than two minutes to find the net.
The Frenchman came off the bench for the Gunners to head home in the 85th minute, turning a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead in the closing stages.
The second half started slowly until Vardy sent another shock through the Emirates with his second goal in the 56th minute. They would look at it and ask why the club are selling him to a Premier League rival.
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"Yes", Wenger said in July, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph. I know how important he is not only as a player - he's a fantastic player - but also in the group he has a big weight.
The French global also showed plenty of times that he is more than capable of dealing with the physical demands of the English game.
"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.
Slack zonal marking allowed Jamie Vardy to make it 3-2.
"You've got the season ahead to look forward to and everyone's raring to go".