Arsenal rally late to defeat Leicester on opening night

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Arsenal erased a pair of deficits to open the Premier League season with a thrilling 4-3 win over Leicester City at the Emirates on Friday night.

Substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored in the 83rd and 85th minutes respectively to overturn Leicester's lead and put Arsenal top of the table ahead of the weekend action.

Arsenal new boy Alexandre Lacazette opened his account in the opening minutes, but Shinji Okazaki quickly equalised for Leicester before Jamie Vardy put the Foxes ahead.

Danny Welbeck was able to equalise just before the break, but Vardy's second of the night had Leicester ahead again before the late heroics from the super-subs.

With the injured Alexis Sanchez looking on from the stands, Arsenal took the lead inside two minutes as Mohamed Elneny's cross to the centre of the box found Lacazette, who flicked a header inside the post.

The 52 million signing became the first Arsenal player to score on his Premier League debut since Thomas Vermaelen in 2009.

But the lead was short-lived as Leicester pulled even three minutes later. After playing the ball short from a corner, Marc Albrighton's cross beyond the far post was acrobatically headed by back Harry Maguire, and Okazaki rose highest to equalise.

Arsenal regained their footing and Welbeck had a number of chances go missing, first seeing his shot blocked after a fine one-two with Elneny, before showing good control to take the ball to the endline, but his cut-back pass could not find anyone.

Sead Kolasinac also had a snapped shot saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but Leicester were looking dangerous on the counterattack and succeeded in taking the lead in the 29th minute.

Albrighton ran onto a poor Granit Xhaka pass and delivered a perfectly placed cross past Petr Cech into the path of Vardy, who could not miss from four yards.

And the visitiors nearly had a two goal lead four mintues later after another counter when Okazaki's header flashed inches wide of the post.


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