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The 2017-18 Premiere League season started off with an
absolute thriller between Arsenal and Leicester City on Friday.
It didn’t take long for things to get started, with Alexandre
Lacazette giving Arsenal the lead in just the second minute
of his debut as the most expensive signing in the history of the
club. But Shinji Okazaki immediately responded with a nifty
header to tie the game back up just three minutes later.
Arsenal appeared a step behind defensively, ceding
possession almost uncontested at moments, and Marc
Albrighton would make them pay, jumping on a misplayed ball
from Arsenal and sending a beautiful cross
to Jamie Vardy who would put it away to give Leicester
City their first lead of the campaign. Danny Welbeck would bring
the Gunners back level with a strike just before the half.
Vardy scored again in the second half before much-maligned
manager Arsene Wenger would make two critical substitutions,
bringing in striker Olivier Giroud for Rob Holding
and Aaron Ramsey to replace Mohamed Elneny with just
over 20 minutes left in the game.
The moves paid off, with Ramsey equalizing in the 83rd
minute and Giroud sending the Emirates crowd home ecstatic with a
goal two minutes later to give Arsenal a lead that they would not
give up, earning the Gunners three points and a short-lived stint
at the top of the table before the rest of the league kicks off
It’s likely no one is more relieved with the result than
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who kept his job after missing an
invite to the Champions League for the first time in his 21-year
tenure with the club and months of non-stop shouts of
“WENGER OUT” from supporters.
You can see all the goals from the thrilling match below,
courtesy of ESPN and NBC Sports.