5 big talking points from Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

Rachel Hardy
August 13, 2017

LONDON - Arsene Wenger hailed "fantastic" Olivier Giroud for staying at Arsenal this summer after the French striker came on to score a late victor in Friday's dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester.

Substitute Aaron Ramsey slammed home and 83rd minute equaliser before Olivier Giroud met Granit Xhaka's corner to win the season opener.

Danny Welbeck then made it 2-2 on the stroke of half time, but Vardy had given Leicester the lead once again in the 56th minute.

Arsenal made the ideal start to their latest attempt to win a first Premier League trophy in 14 seasons through £58 million signing Lacazette.

He enjoyed a quieter season previous year as Leicester finished in mid-table and - despite his new contract - has once again angled for a move away.

Wenger has always been desperate to keep Giroud because he offers something so different with his aerial presence but was also willing to let him leave if he felt that he needed a guarantee that he would start more regularly in this World Cup season.

Just a few minutes later, he would net the goal that would secure the win for Arsenal to start the season.

Mahrez saw an effort tipped over by Cech as Leicester looked to regain their advantage - something they did from the resulting corner as Vardy, completely unmarked, headed home the Algerian's set-piece.

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"You're never too sure what you're going to get with Arsenal but they looked good against Chelsea in the Community Shield, despite being without Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil", Paul Merson told SkySports.

The 26-year-old gave his side the lead after just two minutes after getting onto the end of Mohamed Elneny's cross with a powerful header to beat the helpless Kasper Schmeichel.

"Yes", Wenger said in July, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

Alexandre Lacazette is the other that we all want to see out there, although having both him and Olivier Giroud still feels like the optimal way to go, especially with Alexis likely missing from the starting XI.

"I think he will not play at Stoke".

You've got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.

"We all know Jamie Vardy's attributes".

"Going forward and character wise we have been great".

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