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"The players are champing at the bit to get started", he said.

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. Then Leicester went 2-1 up.

Arsenal were piling the pressure on Leicester's back four as the visitors set up to counter, with Schmeichel being called into action to beat away Kolasinac's stinging volley.

Kevin Campbell's strike for Arsenal vs Manchester City (1994-95) is now third, coming after two minutes and one second.

Craig Shakespeare's side peppered the Arsenal penalty box with crosses. Numerous times at the back end of last season they found winners late on.

Winning the FA Cup in May silenced some of Wenger's most vocal critics, but the triumph still failed to win over all naysayers. And they outlasted Chelsea to win on penalty kicks last weekend at Wembley.

Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, who joined German side VfB Stuttgart last month, is the only player to depart, while several additions have been made to bolster the squad, including striker Kelechi Iheanacho and defender Harry Maguire.

Leicester showed plenty of endeavour as they came close to causing an upset in the Premier League's first fixture. The bigger concern are key players Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, who have gone through the full preseason despite dealing with ankle and calf problems, respectively. Central midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka were nervous on the ball and slack in possession to gift Leicester the ball in risky positions time and time again.

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Jamie Vardy celebrates with Shinji Okazaki after scoring the second.

Against a plucky Leicester side at a packed and tense Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger's men scored twice in the last 10 minutes - first through substitute Aaron Ramsey before the much-maligned Giroud headed in the victor off Granit Xhaka's corner. Somehow they got more than that.

Now with a freaky back four of (from right to left) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, and on 83 minutes it came. So hard to choose between Spurs (Wembley woe?) and Arsenal (unhappy/without Alexis Sanchez, pictured below).

There were glimpses that this season will be about much more than just settling for midtable obscurity for Leicester. Vardy knows how to score against Arsenal.

"I created, with me not deciding, a lack of clarity in the dressing room and there is nothing worse than that in the dressing room".

"Previously in the Premier League we've not got off to the best of starts, so it meant a lot for us to get a good start and get three points today".

Despite his goal, the 26-year-old insists he will continue to work on his game going forward.