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Lacazette and Ozil start up front vs Leicester in Premier League opener

Lacazette and Ozil start up front vs Leicester in Premier League opener

But it was a different story at the other end as Wenger called upon additional firepower in the form of Aaron Ramsey and Giroud to turn the match around inside the final seven minutes and ward off a return to last season's febrile atmosphere of protest on home turf - at least for the time being.

Jamie Vardy then struck twice, either side of a Danny Welbeck equaliser, as the 2015/16 champions looked for a first league win over Arsenal since 1983.

However, replays suggested that Ozil had used his arm in the build-up to Ramsey's strike.

Many observers may have thought Giroud's days at Arsenal were numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

Alexandre Lacazette makes his Premier League bow for Arsenal as the Gunners look to mark the start of the season with a win over Leicester City.

At one stage, I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he chose to stay. "It was a relief for me he made a decision to stay".

And the 30-year-old proved his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute - but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club. I'd say there are seven teams to fight for the title.

Roma have also been credited with an interest in signing Mahrez this summer, although he seems set to start the new Premier League season at Leicester.




Lacazette scored with only his second touch in the Premier League.

The joy did not last long, however.

Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France global Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.

Campbell and Steve Bould were on target when George Graham's side suffered a 4-2 home defeat to Norwich, an inauspicious maiden outing in the initial Premier League season.

And the mood ebbed and flowed inside the Emirates - with some of the familiar grumblings of discontent evident.

Eleven minutes into the second half Vardy restored Leicester City's lead. Granit Xhaka's casual pass to Ramsey was masterfully flicked past Schmiechel - two minutes later, the attacker Olivier Giroud, who came in the 67th minute, scored the winning goal, lifting the Gunners to glory.

Within 20 minutes both players had scored - and the mood completely changed - as Arsenal avoided losing their opening fixture for the fourth time in five years.


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