Alexandre Lacazette starts for Arsenal in season curtain-raiser against Leicester


The 2017-18 Premiere League season started off with an absolute thriller between Arsenal and Leicester City on Friday.

The 26-year-old boasted an impressive record in France, scoring 100 goals in 203 Ligue 1 games, and was a real threat against Craig Shakespeare's side at the Emirates.

You've got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.

The Frenchman, who has been at the club since 1996, has been given a chance to turn things around despite calls for his head from disgruntled Arsenal fans waiting for a first league title under his stewardship since he led them to the crown in 2004. They are winless in 21 top-flight games against the Gunners, losing 14 of those matches.

But the Catalan said: "I feel the same pressure".

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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.

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It was the flawless way to seal an enthralling game that had threatened to end in defeat for the home side. Football tactics historian Jonathan Wilson suggested Arsenal needed more center backs who could win headers after Leicester's first goal.

England striker Jamie Vardy, who was heavily linked with Arsenal 12 months ago, scored a brace either side of a Danny Welbeck leveller that showed Arsenal's rearguard to be equally terrible from open play and set-piece situations.

The win could prove a crucial win for the Gunners, who lost their opening game last season 4-3 to Liverpool - the team that pipped them to fourth place and the final Champions League spot.

"You come away from home, score three goals and are almost there and then concede two.bitterly disappointed", he said.

"Arsenal had a lot of possession and have world-class players".

"I have a lot of respect for the players I had, I never complained for one bad game or bad defeat, making excuses, never, even in Germany I never said that, never in my life I make an excuse about what happened", he added. He gives you that aerial ability going forward as we saw with that winning goal.