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Arsenal stun Leicester as Premier League begins with 7-goal thriller

On the opening night of the 2017-18 Premier League season, Arsenal put up an incredible display to grab a 4-3 win against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.

New signing, Alexandre Lacazette headed Arsenal ahead on 94 seconds, before Shinji Okazaki brought Leicester back on level terms just two minutes later.

Jamie Vardy put the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross on the half-hour mark, only for Danny Welbeck to strike level on half-time.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner minutes before the hour-mark and it looked like the visitors were going to take home all three points.

But Manager Arsene Wenger made a double substitution, bringing in Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud after 67 minutes of play, and in the 83rd and 85th minute, both players scored to hand Arsenal the win.

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“Going forward and character wise we have been great. We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that”, Wenger said after the victory.

On the competitiveness of the League season which has just begun, Wenger added, “I don’t know how good everyone will be. There are six or seven teams who can win and it makes it interesting. Every point you drop can cost you a lot.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho made his official debut for Leicester in their defeat, as he came in as a substitute in the 82nd minute.

Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi also starred for Leicester, while forward Alex Iwobi was on the bench for Arsenal.

Arsenal’s next league game will be away to Stoke City, while Leicester will face newly promoted Brighton at the King Power Stadium.

 

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