Arsenal vs. Leicester City

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Arsenal and Leicester City served up a wild curtain-raiser for the 2017-18 Premier League season, with the Gunners taking the opener 4-3 at home.

Arsenal is not just pursuing a first league title since 2004 but also a return to the top four - and Champions League qualification - after finishing fifth in May.

Vardy doubled his tally after the break, but Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored just two minutes apart to complete an unlikely comeback.

"He did very well on the left when we moved him".

Despite only starting 17 games last season in all competitions, Giroud still scored 16 times - including an eye-catching scorpion-style kick against Crystal Palace. For us we thought about the issue of who we wanted to take us forward.

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.

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Olivier Giroud headed home the late victor on Friday.

"I'm happy the goals we conceded we can work on together".

It took all of 160 seconds for Leicester to get themselves back on level terms, with debutant Harry Maguire heading a deep Marc Albrighton cross back into the path of Shinji Okazaki, who was in the right place to turn the ball past Petr Cech.

After that, though, Leicester City had the Gunners on the ropes for most of the game, taking a 3-2 lead in the second half off of Jamie Vardy's second goal of the match.

But the home side's pressure in the final half hour turned the game back their way and Ramsey equalised with a shot from close range with seven minutes remaining.

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.

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