Arsenal vs Leicester City: Confirmed line-ups for Premier League curtain raiser


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud staked a claim for a starting place with the victor in a thrilling season-opening 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League yesterday. They looked pretty comfortable doing it, and eventually the pressure told, with Danny Welbeck coming free to poke home from short range, right on the stroke of half time. But ultimately this was a fine way to start the campaign for the home supporters as Arsenal put on a ludicrous demonstration of gung-ho football throughout the second half before Giroud's victor.

Arsenal have also reportedly offered Sanchez a new contract worth £300,000-a-week as they look to shut down rumours linking him with a move to Manchester City.

The Gunners managed a 4-3 victory over Leicester in a thrilling encounter at the Emirates this evening. A cross from Elneny found the head of Lacazette, who opened his body, drawing Wes Morgan to power a header into the far post of Schmeichel.

Fuelled by an historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season.

After the contest, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger claimed the winning goal was vindication for Olivier Giroud's determination to remain in North London.

"I'm disappointed with the handball in the build-up, but once the corner's given you have to defend it better", he said.

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Unfortunately, Arsenal will be missing star player Alexis Sanchez to injury and Leicester will be missing summer signing Iborra to a groin injury during training for the upcoming season.

First Riyad Mahrez volleyed a shot narrowly wide before their equaliser after just five minutes. The lead lasted three minutes before Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire headed Marc Albrighton's cross from the left back into the middle and Shinji Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Albrighton was again the man to make a difference.

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.

Then, as they usually do, Arsenal got it back by the end and pulled out a win. "They have some good players too".