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Elneny assists as Arsenal clinch thrilling opening day win over Leicester City

13 August, 2017, 23:14 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Giroud's clever header in the 85th minute secured the points after Lacazette had taken just 94 seconds to make his mark with a header from Mohamed Elneny's curling cross, equaling the record for the fastest opening goal in a Premier League season.

But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equaliser and Giroud notching the victor two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line.

Arsenal then had a penalty shout as Kolasanic's shot hit Onyine Ndidi's raised arm, but Mike Dean adjudged the Leicester man was too close to be able to react.

"It is fantastic", Wenger replied when asked about Giroud's willingness to fight for his place.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", he said.

Still, as well as losing him on a free, Murphy believes Arsenal might not get the best out of Sanchez as he'll look to keep himself in top condition for his next club once he's free to negotiate a move away. "He's a collective player and an intelligent player".

Arsenal new boy Alexandre Lacazette opened his account in the opening minutes, but Shinji Okazaki quickly equalised for Leicester before Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead.

"You come away from home, score three goals and are almost there and then concede two.bitterly disappointed", he said.

Following Danny Welbeck's leveller in first-half stoppage time, another corner yielded Leicester's third goal as Riyad Mahrez's cross was headed home by Vardy.

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

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

"After that we get the efficiency".

Arsenal's quickfire lead lasted barely three minutes before Marc Albrighton's cross from the left was headed back into the middle by Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire and Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said he was "disappointed" that referee Mike Dean did not spot what he described as a "definite handball" by Mesut Ozil in the build-up to Ramsey's equaliser.

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