Arsenal edge past Leicester in Premier League season opener

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

And Twitter erupted in excitement at how the new football season had began.

Since the 2010-11 season, the Gunners' solitary success on the first day of the new campaign was the edgy 2-1 win against Crystal Palace in 2014.

ARSENAL'S ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE got his Premier League career off to the flawless start against Leicester at the Emirates this evening.

In 2015 it was West Ham who claimed their scalp, winning 2-0 at the Emirates.

"Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push".

It was a point addressed by Theo Walcott earlier in the week, when he was asked to preview tonight's game against Leicester at the Emirates.

"You want the Premier League to be the best league in the world and I think it has to produce this kind of game to produce interest and quality". "It's a bit different, it's new for us, the fans will be up for it obviously".

Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the 85th minute victor from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line.

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"Danny Welbeck played very well last week [in the Community Shield win over Chelsea] and Iwobe did very well in those wide positions".

Wenger was then pressed by fellow panellist Gary Lineker whether he genuinely did not know until the latter stage of the season whether he knew he would be staying or not, and added: "No".

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger".

"I will focus more on the players who had the right number of competitive minutes in recent weeks". I'd say there are seven teams to fight for the title.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare was good on his word and started Riyad Mahrez, despite the fact the Algeria worldwide has asked to leave the club.

"My first game at Valencia he played for Lyon and he scored, like many strikers did against my Valencia defence!"

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

Arsenal hope Lacazette will help them return to the top four of the Premier League table and qualify for the UEFA Champions League - something they missed out on last season for the first time since Arsene Wenger took over as manager in 1996.

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