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Alexandre Lacazette starts for Arsenal in season curtain-raiser against Leicester

13 August 2017

Marc Albrighton's deep cross caught out the Arsenal backline, including goalkeeper Petr Cech, and led to Harry Maguire's knock-down finding Okazaki, who made no mistake with his close-range header.

Arsenal opened the scoring in the second minute but the Foxes hit back to lead 2-1 and then 3-2 before the Gunners' spectacular comeback in the closing minutes.

Arsenal dramatically scored two late goals thanks to Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud as the club got off to a great start.

"Overall I must say we kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", he said in his post-match interview.

'A player I am a big fan of, ' is how Jamie Carragher described Olivier Giroud on Friday night.

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The fiercely entertaining game undoubtedly revealed both weaknesses and strengths in Arsenal's side - but it's early days and the result certainly won't win them the league in the same way it won't lose it for Leicester.

Wenger said he had given the former Montpellier man the chance to leave but is delighted he opted to stay put.

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

Danny Welbeck equalised for Arsenal on the stroke of half time, but Vardy's second looked to have won it for Craig Shakespeare's side until the final frenetic minutes.

Giroud, who had a hard time getting into the starting XI last season as Wenger preferred to play Alexis Sanchez as the lone striker, has been vocal in his desire to play more games from start.

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"When you are a football manager and you're 3-2 down with 20 minutes left, you're happy however you win", he said. "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".

With what will surely be the first of many Lacazette has already got his first Arsenal goal in his first Premier League outing, joining Freddie Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Thomas Vermaelen in doing so in the Wenger era.

"I feel good in my head and also physically".

"We encourage our midfield players to play balls in behind".

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Alexandre Lacazette starts for Arsenal in season curtain-raiser against Leicester