Arsenal 4 – Leicester 3: Olivier Giroud the hero as Gunners pull off incredible win
DISPLAYING the Premier League trophy at the Emirates for last night’s curtain-raiser was as cruel as Jim Bowen pulling the curtain back at the end of Bullseye every week to show the audience the speedboat
Olivier Giroud scored the winner for Arsenal in their 4-3 win over Leicester
Mainly because in Jamie Vardy they had a man capable of scoring enough goals to get over the line.
Twelve months ago, he had the chance to mark that fairy-tale success with a move to the Emirates but even now he remains a Leicesterplayer. Instead that No9 shirt has been filled by Alexandre Lacazette after Lucas Perez proved such an ineffective incumbent.
For the neutral it made for a mouth-watering reintroduction to top-flight football. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looked menacing running from deep, forcing a low save from Schmeichel.
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The impressive Kolasinac was again involved, this time selflessly teeing up Welbeck to score after they both somehow wormed their way through the Leicester defence.
If the break was a chance for Arsenal to reorganise there was little sign of it. Petr Cech dashed from his goal to deny Vardy and tipped over the bar from Riyad Mahrez.
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Then incredibly, and somewhat unfairly on balance, Giroud’s header bounced off the underside of the bar and a foot or so over the line. It sent the Arsenal fans home happy, but goodness knows for how long.