Arsenal score two late goals for comeback win vs. Leicester City

Danny Rose

Substitute Olivier Giroud scored a late victor as Arsenal staged a dramatic fightback to kick off the new Premier League season with a pulsating 4-3 victory against Leicester City on Friday night. Hardly the strong start the Foxes were after. The two sides have both figured in the transfer market as well, with Arsenal signing Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac while holding onto Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez (thus far, anyhow), while Leicester has brought in Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City and is widely expected to be dealing Riyad Mahrez prior to the August 31 deadline. The Foxes pushed forwards right from the kickoff, putting Arsenal under pressure down the flanks. Following a short corner on the left, Marc Albrighton's deep cross was headed back across goal by Harry Maguire and Okazaki leapt to nod a header past Petr Cech.

From that point, the game nearly completely unraveled.

The Frenchman wants to see the Gunners' record signing Alexandre Lacazette emulate what the 35-year-old former Sweden worldwide striker did in the Premier League. Both Lacazette and Giroud need strong seasons to make sure they are in the French party travelling to the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer.

Wenger was also without three of his top centre-backs on the pitch - suspended Laurent Koscielny, injured Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi, who remained on the bench - and said the defensive mistakes can be ironed out quickly.

Just as it looked as if they were to trail into the break, Daniel Welbeck's open goal finish brought them back into the game in added time.

Groans could be heard around the Emirates soon after when Okazaki glanced a header wide, but those groans turned into cheers on the brink of half time as Welbeck rolled home after being picked out by Kolasinac alongside him. Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette are our glorious present and future. Three minutes later, Leicester City equalized. Chances were plentiful at each end and both sides made substitutions looking to change their fortunes.

First Aaron Ramsey finished superbly to level matters after being played through by Granit Xhaka, before his fellow sub, Olivier Giroud, came up with a brilliant header from a corner in the 85th minute to complete a remarkable turnaround at the Emirates. You'd have to say that decision paid off.

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