Arsenal edge past Leicester in Premier League season opener

Arsene Wenger was speaking at a Football Writers Association event to raise money for the London Fire Relief Fund
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These are the few reasons why the upcoming season of the English Premier League could be one of the most thrilling seasons in recent memory. But ultimately this was a fine way to start the campaign for the home supporters as Arsenal put on a ludicrous demonstration of gung-ho football throughout the second half before Giroud's victor.

The Premier League debut of Lacazette should help offset Arsenal's loss of Alexis Sanchez, who will not face Leicester because of an abdominal strain.

But it was not to be as substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud struck late on to seal a remarkable three points for Arsene Wenger's side.

The Gunners eventually ran out 4-3 winners following an entertaining encounter at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger's new signings Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette have both slotted into the squad well and instead of worrying about the staggering wage demands of two players, the boss to look to his new arrivals to fresh hope of a title win.

But Ozil returned to training this week and is expected to feature in the opening Premier League game of the season tonight (7.45pm United Kingdom time) when Arsenal host Leicester.

However, Wenger said: "He's an Arsenal player in the short term". Leicester then broke the tie in the 29th minute as top scorer from Leicester's Premier League winning season, Jamie Vardy opened his 2017-18 account with a stunning volley with his left foot. "Because one was a corner, one was a goal where we lost the ball in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again". And yet Arsenal failed to break to level the scores - Welbeck sent the ball into the goal after a failed attempt to Lacazette grabbed a brace. A quick turnover in Arsenal's half found Marc Albrighton breaking down the wing and his devilish curled delivery was half-volleyed high into the net by Vardy, the man who turned down Arsenal just over a year ago.

"They are not anxious about the money because they aren't the ones getting it".

It meant Arsenal get over an old problem, for an invigorating new feeling - they just have to address a few other problems to make sure that feeling endures.

"It's impossible to keep them happy when strikers don't play".

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