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2017-18 EPL season starts with seven-goal Arsenal-Leicester thriller

13 August 2017

Arsenal fell behind twice against a tenacious Leicester City before winning 4-3, thanks to a late goal by Olivier Giroud in the opening match of the 2017-2018 English Premier League (EPL) football season here.

The night started perfectly for Arsenal as new signing Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal after just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to cancel it out three minutes later.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Friday night's match-winner Olivier Giroud has chose to stay at Arsenal next season, ending interest from Everton, West Ham United and Marseille.

Obviously, with this being the first game of the season, Arsenal is going to be top of the table for at least the next 12 or so hours until the rest of the Premier League plays on Saturday. Three minutes later, Leicester City equalized.

It's likely no one is more relieved with the result than Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who kept his job after missing an invite to the Champions League for the first time in his 21-year tenure with the club and months of non-stop shouts of "WENGER OUT" from supporters.

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Lacazette, a £52m signing from Lyon, showed wonderful poise, technique and power to divert Mohamed Elneny's cross past Kasper Schmeichel with his head.

Arsenal had seen nearly 75% of the ball in the first 20 minutes and Welbeck had Arsenal's best chance since Lacazette's opener.

Supporting the Frenchman in the attack will be Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal were piling the pressure on Leicester's back four as the visitors set up to counter, with Schmeichel being called into action to beat away Kolasinac's stinging volley.

"I prefer to be on the pitch", he said. For a home opener, Arsenal got a pretty good draw.

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And the Jamaican worldwide believes defeat at Arsenal is nothing to worry about.

Giroud headed in the go-ahead goal in the 85th minute to make Wenger look like a genius.

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.

After a much-needed break for all involved to take a deep breath, the second half started in much quieter fashion until ten minutes into the second period.

The impressive Vardy scored his second in the 53rd minute to put Leicester in front once more, curling Riyad Mahrez's corner into the bottom far corner amid poor Arsenal marking. If you don't have access or prefer to watch in Spanish, the game is also on Telemundo Deportes en vivo.

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2017-18 EPL season starts with seven-goal Arsenal-Leicester thriller