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…
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?
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.
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…