EPL: Arsenal gun down Leicester in seven-goal thriller

EPL: Arsenal gun down Leicester in seven-goal thriller

The lead was short lived as Shinji Okazaki restored parity via his head only minutes later and Jamie Vardy slid in to score just before the half-hour mark.

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud came off the bench to rescue Arsenal a 4-3 win over Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season on Friday night.

The Frenchman, who has been at the club since 1996, has been given a chance to turn things around despite calls for his head from disgruntled Arsenal fans waiting for a first league title under his stewardship since he led them to the crown in 2004.

Record signing Alexander Lacazette opened his account within two minutes of the kick-off, but the home side's lead was nearly immediately rubbed out as Shinji Okazaki equalised minutes later before Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front after half an hour.

"I opened the door for him at some stage as I had many strikers and it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go".

"Giroud? He's fantastic", Wenger said of the France worldwide, who usually started on the bench last season and had been linked with a move away from The Emirates. He also labelled the former Montpellier marksman as being "in his prime" and "at the top of his game".

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"It is a relief and I believe as well a reminder to the players that they have hurdles on the way and that we can get round it, like tonight so that is quite positive".

"We went for a win and we deservedly earned it". "We love him and in the end he made a decision to stay".

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

"I'm happy we handled it well in the end", said Cech, who joined the Gunners from Chelsea in 2015.

"We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that", he said referring to poor marking in the by his team's defence.

"If you look at the third goal, I'm a bit disappointed with the handball leading up to it but that aside, once you get the corner, you have to defend it better".

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