Arsenal beat Leicester in thrilling Premier League opener

Arsenal beat Leicester in thrilling Premier League opener

Arsenal beat Leicester in thrilling Premier League opener

Sanchez missed Arsenal's scintillating start to the new Premier League season, an abdominal injury forcing him to sit out the 4-3 victory over Leicester.

The subs paid off, with Ramsey scoring in the 83rd minute to make it 3-3 and Giroud heading in off the post two minutes later to win a thrilling encounter for Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette scored his first Premier League goal within the first two minutes of the game, before Shinji Okazaki cancelled the Frenchman's opener three minutes later.

After nearly 30 minutes being a goal down, the Gunners look destined for an opening day defeat but their so often hero, Aaron Ramsey, who came on a second half substitute, drilled the ball past the goalkeeper after showing some excellent control.

"It is fantastic", Wenger replied when asked about Giroud's willingness to fight for his place.

"He made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me".

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However, Wenger insists that Giroud will remain in north London beyond the end of the transfer window despite being given the opportunity to move on and seek more regular football elsewhere.

"No. It's a determined no", he said.

Arsenal's two substitutes scored back-to-back goals within three minutes with fewer than 10 minutes left in the game.

Fredrik Ljungberg marked his debut with the final goal in a 3-0 win over Manchester United in September 1998, while Emmanuel Adebayor got off on the right foot away to Birmingham City in February 2006. "I feel that with a bit of work we can get that out of our system".

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare was also pleased - even if the Foxes headed back to the East Midlands with nothing to show for their evening's endeavour. "It's a long time since we had so much quality [in attack]". We had a lot of experienced defenders out injured for the game. What a game this was, a seven goals thriller to open the Premier League! It was one of the great days for me in recent weeks [when he said he would stay]. "So overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and is a collective player and an intelligent player as well". Riyad has been very focused.

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