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Arsenal beat Leicester in breathtaking Premier League opener

12 August 2017

Substitute Aaron Ramsey rifled home to level before Giroud - introduced alongside the Wales global - headed in an 85th-minute victor to settle a breathless encounter in Arsenal's favour.

"Overall we showed great character".

"The spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding, we were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team who was very efficient", he added. "We put ourselves in a commanding position and a few lapses in concentration have cost us", Vardy said after the game.

Last season only Gabriel Jesus boasted a better goals-per-minute ratio meaning Giroud was technically a more efficient goalscorer than the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero.

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"But if you go to England it's £20-£25m more expensive", the Spaniard told a news conference ahead of City's Premier League opener with Brighton & Hove on Saturday.

The Nigerian global cost £25 million, and he's expected to see a lot more playing time for the Foxes than he did for City last season. Head-to-Head in the last two seasons, Arsenal seem to have the upper hand on Leicester City today as they have won three out of the four matches. They replaced Mohammed Elneny, who had assisted Lacazette to head in the first goal and Rob Holding.

Leicester, however, was back in front 11 minutes into the second half. Although Arsenal signed off in May by lifting the FA Cup, a fifth-place finish ensured the north London club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades. Granit Xhaka's sloppy pass was picked up by Albrighton and he forged down the left flank before bending a sublime cross into the danger area that Vardy converted.

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Vardy bagged his brace when he capitalised on another piece of poor defending from the home side to fire Leicester into the lead in the 56th minute to make the scores 3-2.

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Before that though, Vardy stunned Arsene Wenger's men with two goals and Shinji Okazaki also went on the score sheet to nearly punished Arsenal which played without star forward Alexis Sanchez because of injury.

The home side then secured the victory in the 86th minute as substitute Olivier Giroud powered home a header from close range, 4-3.

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Lacazette slipped as he went to turn and shoot and scuffed his shot to Kolasinac, who found himself one on one with Schmeichel. After the victory, the Arsenal boss was quick to praise his team and the impact Lacazette made on his Premier League debut.