Giroud seals breathless Gunners win

Alexis Sanchez

What he did defensively towards the end of the game - Gary's just mentioned the back four that Arsenal had - without him at the end you fear Leicester would have got the equaliser.

Arsenal opened the season with an extraordinary game at home to Leicester on Friday night, twice coming from behind to snatch a 4-3 win inside the last 10 minutes thanks to goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Asked if Giroud could still leave before the transfer window closes on August 31 until January, Wenger replied: "No".

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to Sky Sports: "Going forward and character wise we have been great. We were quite good past year on corners and overall I believe that with a bit of work we can get that out of the system", the French coach added.

Lacazette almost had his second of the night just minutes later, but Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel turned the shot aside, but Giroud beat the Dane with an exquisite header on the ensuing corner to give Arsenal the 4-3 victory.

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.

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"That's a nice start but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch".

The Gunners pulled level with a goal in first-half stoppage time by Danny Welbeck, who had hardly been a factor to that point. "We put ourselves in a commanding position and a few lapses in concentration have cost us", Vardy said after the game.

The hosts and the visitors were all square at half time at 2-2.

Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the 85th minute victor from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line. During most of the game, the team's defence left much to be desired - that Vardy managed get past six defenders to score his second goal is testament to that. We were not able with those players to find a solution. "First game of the season we played a classic, so for everybody at home it will have been awesome to watch".

Asked whether Mahrez would be at the club when the window closes, Shakespeare said: "Who knows?"

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