Alexandre Lacazette starts for Arsenal in season curtain-raiser against Leicester


We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well.

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.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said: "We've had this a few times here".

Kelechi Iheanacho, the £25m summer signing from Manchester City, is only fit enough to start on the bench, as Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki lead the attacking line. Yet somehow they still grabbed all three points to keep the feel-good factor intact.

Arsene Wenger also added after the game that he was delighted that the 30-year-old had made a decision to stay at the Emirates, after he had offered him the opportunity to leave.

Danny Welbeck was able to score late in the first-half to draw level at 2-2 at the break, but the action was far from done.

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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"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

Arsenal opened the scoring in the second minute but the Foxes hit back to lead 2-1 and then 3-2 before the Gunners' spectacular comeback in the closing minutes.

Just as the atmosphere had turned sour, goals to Aaron Ramsey, assisted by Granit Xhaka, and Olivier Giroud allowed Arsenal to hold on in the last five minutes to grab a fearless victory. "Tonight we needed this win and everyone knows the first game is important for the confidence".

Lacazette scores the season's opening goal.

Arsenal are now unbeaten in 22 Premier League games against Leicester City - winning 15 and drawing seven - and they have won 11 successive Premier League home games against the Foxes.

Alexandre Lacazette moved to the Emirates Stadium this summer and scored less than two minutes into his Premier League debut.

Nigerian global, Kelechi Iheanacho, came on for his Premier League debut for Leicester but was unable to help the Foxes avoid defeat.

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