Sport Giroud rescues Arsenal to seal 4-3 opening win vs. Leicester

00:57  12 august  2017
00:57  12 august  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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LONDON (AP) - Olivier Giroud completed an exhilarating comeback as Arsenal beat Leicester 4 - 3 on Friday to ensure Arsene Wenger's side opened the English Premier League with a victory for only the second time in eight seasons.

Arsenal were floundering, 3 -2 down vs . Leicester with 10 minutes left. Then the pair of subs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud , came to the rescue . English Premier League. Cox: Giroud the hero as Arsenal win late.

LONDON (AP) -- Olivier Giroud completed an exhilarating comeback as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 on Friday to ensure Arsene Wenger's side opened the English Premier League with a victory for only the second time in eight seasons.

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Arsenal 4 - 3 Leicester City: Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey come off the bench to seal stunning win as seven-goal thriller welcomes new season. He needed is team-mates to come to his rescue . No chance. Shinji Ozaki outjumped Granit Xhaka and Leicester were level.

Error-Code: 1146. Olivier Giroud ’s scored three goals from four shots for Arsenal vs Olympiacos.

Arsenal turned around the league's first Friday opener in the closing minutes at Emirates Stadium. After Aaron Ramsey leveled in the 83rd minute, Giroud sealed the three points with a header inside two minutes on an evening of thrilling attacks gifted by fragile defending.

BOX SCORE:  ARSENAL 4, LEICESTER 3

Arsenal record-signing Alexandre Lacazette launched his Premier League career in style by heading in the opener after 94 seconds.

A predictable Arsenal implosion followed, with Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy putting Leicester in front. Even after Danny Welbeck leveled on the stroke of halftime, Vardy restored Leicester's lead after the break.

But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973. Instead, Wenger avoided a third consecutive season-opening loss at the start of his new two-year contract.

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Olivier Giroud prevented Arsenal losing more ground, his 86th-minute header snatching a 1-0 win – Opening draw for Allardyce –. Manchester United enjoyed a far less complicated afternoon, sinking Champions Leicester ’s woes continued as they were condemned to a ninth defeat of the campaign

The Frenchman will be hoping it's a sign of changing fortunes after a season when he reached his nadir. Although Arsenal signed off in May by lifting the FA Cup, a fifth-place finish ensured the north London club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades.

This was the perfect lift-off for Arsenal, particularly for Lacazette.

The first touch from the 60 million euros ($68 million) signing was at kickoff. His second was to meet Mohamed Elneny's cross with a powerful header past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Lacazette, recruited from Lyon, savored the moment, opening his arms out wide to take in the acclamation of his new home.

Arsenal's defense, though, was still on its summer break.

Just 160 seconds after Lacazette scored, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was picking the ball out of his net. Harry Maguire nodded Marc Albrighton's cross back into the path of Okazaki who headed Leicester level.

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Before completing a half-hour of the season, Arsenal was trailing. Again, Albrighton was the architect, afforded far too much space to rampage down the left flank before crossing low for Vardy to turn the ball into the net.

How quickly optimism faded as Arsenal's enduring defensive flaws were exposed so soon. There was a lifeline for Wenger before halftime when Welbeck met Sead Kolasinac's cross to tap in an equalizer.

Leicester, however, was back in front 11 minutes into the second half.

Cech initially tipped over Riyad Mahrez's shot but the latter turned provider from the resulting corner. The defense failed to check Vardy ghosting into the penalty area and the striker was unmarked as he nodded in the corner.

"We're top of the league," Leicester fans chanted for the first time since May 2016 when their club was in possession of a Premier League trophy that Arsenal has not lifted since 2004.

Leicester couldn't stay on top, though. Schmeichel's saves were keeping Leicester in front but he was beaten when Ramsey got on the end of Granit Xhaka's cross and, again, when substitute Giroud headed in a corner.

Giroud rescues Arsenal to seal 4-3 opening win vs. Leicester

  Giroud rescues Arsenal to seal 4-3 opening win vs. Leicester Olivier Giroud completed an exhilarating comeback as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 on Friday.Arsenal turned around the league's first Friday opener in the closing minutes at Emirates Stadium. After Aaron Ramsey leveled in the 83rd minute, Giroud sealed the three points with a header inside two minutes on an evening of thrilling attacks gifted by fragile defending.

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"It was the first game of the season," Cech said, "and it was a classic for everybody to watch."

Just not the type of display that delivers titles.

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