Arsenal beat Leicester in thrilling Premier League opener

Alexis Sanchez

Wenger was also pleased with new French signing Alexandre Lacazette, who scored after 94 seconds to equal the record for the fastest opening goal of a Premier League season.

"Even people will say we conceded three goals, yes, but we scored four as well and the game was of quality". "We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", he said.

The Premier League debut of Lacazette should help offset Arsenal's loss of Alexis Sanchez, who will not face Leicester because of an abdominal strain. During Leicester's fairy-tale title winning campaign in 2015/16, they lost only three matches and two of those were to Wenger's men.

Arsenal and Leicester City served a firm reminder of why the Premier League is the most popular in the world with a seven-goal thriller to open the new season at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Hector Bellerin start in the wing-back roles with Mohamed Elneny alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield.

The Frenchman's thunderous header completed a thrilling comeback for Arsenal on the opening day of the season, and the idea that any suitors might lure Giroud away was met by "a determined no" from Wenger.

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"The first goal was from a short corner and we were not focused enough".

Two minutes later, Lacazette almost scored the go-ahead goal, showing patience deep in Leicester's box only to force a tough save by Schmeichel, who tipped it over the bar.

But Welbeck had the last word of the first half for the home side when he equalised from close range in added time after new signing Sead Kolasinac's tap forward in a goalmouth melee.

Leicester were out to make it a torrid night for Arsenal, though, as Vardy got his second off a corner kick to put the Foxes 3-2 ahead in the 55th minute.

Xhaka sent the ball in and it fell to Giroud, who powered in a header off the underside of the bar, sparking wild celebrations at the Emirates.

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