EPL Records: Just how quick was Lacazette's goal for Arsenal vs. Leicester?


Shinji Okazaki had equalised on five minutes following Alexandre Lacazette's second-minute opener, and Arsenal fans were not pleased with Petr Cech's involvement in the build-up to the equaliser.

It took the arrival of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud from the bench in the second half to turn it around against Leicester and give Arsenal only its second opening-day victory in eight seasons.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists match-winner Olivier Giroud will stay at the club this season. The spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding.

"But at some stage I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers".

Giroud outmuscled Harry Maguire to meet Granit Xhaka's corner with a strong header that hit the bar and bounced behind the line before Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could club it away.

But the French coach knows he has work to do on his defence after yesterday's performance in which Arsenal were found wanting at two set pieces that resulted in Leicester goals.

Lacazette scored 100 goals in 203 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon before making a €53 million move to England in the summer.

"When you are a football manager and you're 3-2 down with 20 minutes left, you're happy however you win", he said.

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Everton have been tipped to move for him as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United last month. "Obviously I'm still getting used to the English game, the positives and negatives, shall we say, but I'm learning".

Jamie Vardy made it 2-1 with an easy tap in the 29th minute but Danny Welbeck restored parity for the Gunners just before half time.

The win could prove a crucial win for the Gunners, who lost their opening game last season 4-3 to Liverpool - the team that pipped them to fourth place and the final Champions League spot.

"We were quite good a year ago on corners".

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

What he did defensively towards the end of the game - Gary's just mentioned the back four that Arsenal had - without him at the end you fear Leicester would have got the equaliser.

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan".

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