Arsenal's new €53 million man enjoys dream start to Premier League life

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

Thai-owned Leicester let a chance for victory slip away as Arsenal came from behind to win 4-3 in a thrilling English Premier League season opener on Friday night.

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.

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 awful from open play and set-piece situations.

Record signing Alexander Lacazette opened his account within two minutes of the kick-off, but the home side's lead was nearly immediately rubbed out as Shinji Okazaki equalised minutes later before Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front after half an hour.

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to level with eight minutes remaining before Giroud wrapped up the points. At some stage, I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers. "We love him and in the end he chose to stay". I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group he has a big weight. "He has a big weight in this squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay".

"Going forward and character wise we have been great", said a relieved Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who will be seeking a first league title since 2004 after being handed another two years in charge.

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build up and the third goal was on a corner again, so we conceded two goals on corners".

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"We were quite good past year on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system".

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