Date: 12th August 2017 at 12:02pm

By Reece Dixon

Well, we can all breathe a sigh of relief after that heart-stopping Friday night at The Emirates.

Arsenal recovered from 3-2 down to steal a late victory over Leicester City in a seven goal thriller.

Alexandre Lacazette opened his Gunners account with just his second touch of the game after his pin-point header found the net in just 94 seconds.

When five minutes into the new season and Jamie Carragher says on commentary: “Arsenal are all over the place”, you know it’s going to be a long campaign – that was the case after Shinji Okazaki nodded in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Mark Albrighton’s inch-perfect cross was too much for the Arsenal defence and Jamie Vardy met the whipped ball to put the Foxes 2-1 up, simultaneously sending The Emirates crowd into a unison groan.

Danny Welbeck drew the Gunners level at the end of a pulsating opening half, but Vardy retook the lead again on 56 minutes.

However, it was Arsene Wenger’s double substitution that saw Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud both find the net in the final 10 minutes to seal all three points for Arsenal.

Here’s FIVE things we learned from the crazy game at The Emirates…

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Olivier Giroud celebrates his winner

SUPER SUB GIROUD

Olivier Giroud has made it 7 goals from the substitutes bench since the beginning of last season. The Frenchman, who is desperate to be utilised from the outset continues to state his claim for a starting role.

Giroud cheekily alluded to Lacazette’s potential as a winger in his post-match interview.

ARSENAL’S SHAKY DEFENCE

Three at the back or four at the back, some things never change – Arsenal were sloppy defensively and fortunate not to concede more last night.

The Gunners had won just once in their previous five opening league games and for a long time it appeared the trend would continue.

It’s unlikely the Gunners can challenge for a title playing like that. Does Wenger need to bring in another man at the back? Or are we just unfortunate in our early season injury woes?

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All smiles for Lacazette after a pulsating game of football

LACA-BOSS

The striker sent Gooners into jubilation after his early opener. Lacazette took his goal well, but Arsenal fans will be delighted with the 26 year-old’s overall performance.

His link up play, movement off the ball and mazy runs were all promising to see.

VARDY’S REINASSANCE

The England striker netted twice and was a threat all evening for the Arsenal defence. Vardy went off the boil for much of last season, but it appears the title winner has his mojo back.

Despite the loss, there were many positives for Craig Shakespeare’s side.

HERE WE GO AGAIN

We’re most certainly back to the rollercoaster life as Arsenal fans – and how we’ve missed it.

It doesn’t get any easier as Arsene Wenger’s side travel to Stoke City next weekend, before a showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.

Gooners, what did you think of the game? And who was your man of the match? Let us know in the comments… 

 

One response to “Arsenal 4-3 Leicester: FIVE things we learned”

  1. robert highbury says:

    The way players think these days is ANTI TEAM SPIRIT I am sick to the teeth of how i seen Football change over 55 years as a fan ofArsenal. How dare these players blame the CLUB they are playing for when it is they who are paid what they wanted to play for only to find they have to work harder for the pay rise they and their scummy agent require. CALL TIME on this now FA EUFA and CLUBS of europe before it is too LATE. please.
    Agents are ruining the game they only think of a Player and not a Team, a Player’s Wage their own wage and then their selfisf happyness of the Player and not WORK to earn the wage to play as a Team Memeber. Throw OUT those Agents and players on their fecken EARS and start employing Agents for the CLUBS only. No more Agents for Players and those who want to end a contract should not be allowed to play for a team of the same league why? because they could be playing the bankrupsy of aClub on transfer fees, or holding clubs to Ransom If a player does not put in for a transfer to a persise club when joing another club as in for instance Ozil he signs for Arsenal but has other ideas who he would like to join more so then he should make this known because the TEAMScome first orthis just is not football. If heis not happy at asrenal then he has the option of leaving and the money would not be so massively high fans have to pay. From Club to Club not Playerto Player this has to end. Players have now brought the Beautiful Game into disrepute so stop now the Transfer TRAP.
    Football is about the Team about working as a team think you arethe best Player? EARN THIS RIGHT and STOP blaiming others and being so blasted GREEDY

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