Arsenal 2-3 Leicester (Vardy 56)

Anthony Martial

Arsenal and Leicester City kicked off the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign with a seven goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium in North London.

Vardy got a 2nd and Leicester's 3rd to move into the lead for the second time but substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud paid the faith handed in them by their manager scoring in the 83rd and 85th minute respectively to hand Arsenal their first PL win of the new season.

The Gunners went ahead after just 94 seconds when club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette headed home from Mohamed Elneny's cross.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to Sky Sports: "Going forward and character wise we have been great". "You know, I must say I opened the door for him at some stage because I know that it's important for him to play. So overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and is a collective player and an intelligent player as well".

Arsenal appeared a step behind defensively, ceding possession nearly uncontested at moments, and Marc Albrighton would make them pay, jumping on a misplayed ball from Arsenal and sending a handsome cross to Jamie Vardy who would put it away to give Leicester City their first lead of the campaign.

Wenger insisted matches like this incredible curtain raiser are what helps the top level of English to be the world's most entertaining league - but it was Giroud that he saved his most fulsome praise for.

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Leicester showed plenty of endeavour as they came close to causing an upset in the Premier League's first fixture.

Giroud said after the victory over Leicester: 'To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay. "To come away to the Emirates, score three goals but concede four is disappointing especially as a defender".

"They had two half-chances and put them in and we had to chase again and I thought going in at 2-2 at half-time it was our advantage, but then the corner gave them the advantage again and we had to chase again".

After undergoing solid preparation for the EPL opener, including beating Chelsea in the Community Shield, Arsenal were expected to start the season in a serene manner - score a couple of goals, make that back three look solid and pick up the three points without too much fuss. "We've got a challenging start but if we get this type of performance then we'll get points on the board".

The veteran goalkeeper's night didn't get any better.

"But I don't want him to go". We have many games and hopefully I can give games to all the strikers.

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