Friday, 18 August, 2017

Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller

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Lucia Summers | 12 August, 2017, 05:37

Only 105 seconds it took the former leader of the Lyon's Alexander Lacazette to score his debut goal in the Premier League.

While Wenger admitted the standard between the French and English domestic leagues can not necessarily be compared, he backed his new recruit to replicate Zlatan Ibrahimovic's debut season in the Premier League following his transfer from PSG to Manchester United. And yet Arsenal failed to break to level the scores - Welbeck sent the ball into the goal after a failed attempt to Lacazette grabbed a brace.

But Arsenal's pressure in the final half hour turned the game back their way and Aaron Ramsey equalised with seven minutes remaining before Giroud headed the 85th minute victor. "I didn't want him to go", Wenger told Sky Sports.

Olivier Giroud turned down the opportunity to leave Arsenal this summer, Arsene Wenger has revealed.

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech reveals why he's not happy after Leicester win
With the start of the Premier League upon us, the FC guys share their predictions for the opener between Arsenal and Leicester . The first came from Arsenal's summer signing Lacazette, courtesy of an excellent header.

"He wanted to stay and that was one of the greatest days I've had in recent months".

You surely did not expect Arsenal to make this opening Premier League game against Leicester City an easy watch for us hopeful Gooners did you?

RatingsArsenal: Petr Cech 5, Sead Kolasinac 5, Nacho Monreal 5, Rob Holding 5, Hector Bellerin 5, Mohamed Elneny 6, Granit Xhaka 6, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Mesut Ozil 6, Danny Welbeck 6, Alexandre Lacazette 7. The Frenchman scored with five minutes left in regulation to give Arsenal a 4-3 win.

Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi are deemed fit enough for places on a substitutes' bench that also contains Olivier Giroud.

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