Cech : Arsenal's goalkeeper hails 'beautiful' Leicester game

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that Paris Saint-German have dropped their interest in Alexis Sanchez in order to pursue a deal for Monaco star Kylian Mabppe.

Over the years, we've seen a clear pattern of how Arsenal's seasons usually plan out, and they should look to distinguish that this season.

This is not about lack of preparation, however.

Wenger, facing vast pressure for going over a dozen years without winning the league, used some ballsy tactics, starting one center back (Rob Holding) in a 3-4-3 formation. Young center back Rob Holding (he was subbed out in the second half) was targeted by Christian Fuchs and Marc Albrighton with Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin giving him no protection. His central defensive colleague Laurent Koscielny is suspended for the opening two games, and Gabriel is also injured. I got back late, I should have handled this better.

But Leicester couldn't resist a relentless final 15 minutes from Wenger's side, and Giroud's win was a cruel blow to a side that had offered so much to an exhilarating 90 minutes.

Sead Kolasinac starred against Chelsea as Arsenal won the Community Shield.

And Wenger chose to single out Lacazette for special praise after his impressive performance in north London.

So while the overall situation is not ideal, the Gunners are hardly down to bare bones. The move was a precursor for the impressive, intricate and fast-flowing forays into the Leicester half that were to come all night; the Gunners finished the game with 27 shots at goal.

It was only the second opening day victory in seven seasons for the Gunners who are coming off a torturous campaign that saw them finish outside the Champions League places for the first time in 21 years.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Arsenal's thriving form towards the end of last season was that they had had little time to work on their new 3-4-2-1. Their margin for error is smaller than ever before.

If you thought the pressure might have eased on Wenger over the summer, think again. Overall, despite the rollercoaster, a good way for Arsenal to start the season, and a slightly heartbreaking way for Leicester to leave the Emirates, without any points to take back home.

Andrew Mangan is one of ESPN FC's Arsenal bloggers.

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