Arsenal defeated Leicester City 4-3 in a dramatic opening game last Friday at the Emirates Stadium.
Friday was a real roller coaster ride, reports Arsenal.com. What was only the first game of the season felt like a hugely important late season outing. Under the Emirates lights, Arsenal conspired to concede three sloppy goals against Leicester, only to rally back and win 4-3.
It started off perfectly, with Alexandre Lacazette scoring a perfect header just two minutes into the game. With that first goal out the way, the fans looked forward to Arsenal going on to get a comfortable opening day victory for once.
But this is Arsenal, an Arsenal with a makeshift backline. Leicester’s delivery into the Arsenal penalty area was on point and Arsenal had no answers.
Shinji Okazaki grabbed a quick equaliser as the Foxes outnumbered us at the back post. Then, Jamie Vardy put the visitors 2-1 ahead by tapping in a perfect Marc Albrighton cross after Granit Xhaka gave away the ball.
Sead Kolasinac and Danny Welbeck combined to score the equaliser just before half-time, which steadied the nerves at the Emirates. That was until Vardy scored his second in the second half by taking advantage of some statuesque defending during a corner.
Substitute Aaron Ramsey levelled the score again with a quality finish into the far corner. Olivier Giroud, also a substitute, then rose above Wes Morgan and Harry Maguire to head in the winning goal.