Premier League, Emirates Stadium – Arsenal 4 (Lacazette 2, Welbeck 45’+2, Ramsey 83 Giroud 85) Leicester 3 (Okazaki 5, Vardy 29, 56)
Super-sub Olivier Giroud struck a late winner as Arsenal came from behind to beat Leicester in an unforgettable opening Premier League match.
Arsenal debutant Alexandre Lacazette gave his team a dream start with a goal after only 94 seconds when he met
Mohamed Elneny’s inch-perfect cross. Their joy was short-lived however, as Shinji Okazaki headed Leicester level only three minutes later.
Jamie Vardy – who has now scored five goals against the Gunners in his last six appearances – scored his first of the night after sliding in from Marc Albrighton’s delivery on the half-hour mark, but Arsenal equalised on the stroke of half-time through Danny Welbeck.
Leicester’s heroes of 2015/16 teamed up to give Leicester a 3-2 lead after the restart when want-away playmaker Riyad Mahrez set up Vardy for his second of the match.
But then Arsenal’s super-subs came to the rescue: Aaron Ramsey drew the scores on 83 minutes, before Giroud’s sublime header from Granit Xhaka’s corner gave the Gunners all three points.
2’ – GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 Leicester. It is a DREAM start for Alexandre Lacazette who scores on his Premier League debut after only two minutes! He meets a wonderful cross from Elneny, and his bullet header into the bottom left corner gives Schmeichel no chance.
5’ – GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Leicester. Shinji Okazaki nods the Foxes level! Peter Cech comes for the cross and gets nowhere near it. Maguire heads the ball back across goal and the Leicester forward towers above Xhaka to head home. Was he offside though?!
29’ – GOAL! Arsenal 1-2 Leicester. Leicester take the lead, against the run of play! Marc Albrighton fizzes a fine ball across the face of goal and Jamie Vardy is in the right place to tuck it home. Arsenal’s make-shift defence is really struggling.
45’+2 – GOAL! Arsenal 2-2 Leicester. Welbeck levels the scores on the stroke of half-time! Ozil plays a lovely pass to Lacazette inside the Leicester penalty area. The Frenchman scuffs his shot, but it falls kindly to Kolasinac who keeps his cool to set up Welbeck for a simple tap-in.
56’ – GOAL! Arsenal 2-3 Leicester. Who else, but Jamie Vardy? The Leicester forward is left unmarked to nod home from Mahrez’s corner delivery. Unforgivable defending, but the Foxes won’t care one bit! They’re ahead, again!
62′ – GREAT SAVE! Now it’s the Leicester defence carved open, but Schmeichel is there to the rescue! Welbeck slips through Bellerin, but the Dane makes himself big to block the shot.
83’ – GOAL! Arsenal 3-3 Leicester. Xhaka chips a great ball to Ramsey, who is left unmarked at the back post. And the Welshman makes no mistake, hammering the ball into the far corner. Schmeichel had no chance. Can the Gunners find a winner now?
84′ – GREAT SAVE! Arsenal smell blood and they’re on the hunt for the winner. Quick feet from Lacazette inside the area but his shot is well saved by Schmeichel. Corner to follow though…
85’ – GOAL! Arsenal 4-3 Leicester. Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable – Olivier Giroud heads Arsenal in front with his 99th goal for the club! The Frenchman heads in from Xhaka’s corner delivery, in off the crossbar. It’s a fine goal.