It was a fascinating turn of events in the Premier League opener as Arsenal beat Leicester City 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the 2017/2018 season.
Arsenal who started without their usual centre back pair of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertasacker went into the lead after just 94 seconds through new signing Alexandre Lacazzette.
Leicester City responded with a header from Japanese Shinji Okazaki to level things up before frontman Jamie Vardy put the Foxes infront with half an hour played.
Leicester City under Craig Shakespeare sent the signal intent of their PL title winning season in the first 40 minutes of the game but former Shalke 04 defender and Bosnian Sead Kolasinac denied them a lead at halftime as he squared for Danny Welbeck to have a simple tap in at the stroke of halftime.
Vardy got a 2nd and Leicester’s 3rd to move into the lead for the second time but substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud paid the faith handed in them by their manager scoring in the 83rd and 85th minute respectively to hand Arsenal their first PL win of the new season.
Jamie Vardy was adjudged the Man of the Match in the game.
What the Managers said after the game;
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
“We know defensively we can do better but overall we produced a top-quality game”.
“When the substitutes came on they had enough quality to make the difference”.
“I’m convinced that overall this kind of game can strengthen the belief. When you’re in difficult situations you’re reminded you’ve done it before so can do it again”.
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare
“We spoke about being compact and being a threat with the pace of Vardy. We executed that well. We’re disappointed to score three and come away with a defeat”.
“When teams make substitutes just before corners it’s confusing. I’m disappointed with the handball in the build up, but once the corner’s given you have to defend it better. I don’t know whether it was lack of concentration or game management”.
Some Stats from the game
- This was only the sixth time that an opening game in a Premier League season has seen seven goals scored- no game has seen more.
- 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 scored with his first shot (and second touch) as a Premier League player.
- The last player to score a goal faster on their Premier League debut was Thievy Bifouma, who came on for his Premier League debut for West Brom at half-time and scored after just 36 seconds in a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace in February 2014.
- Lacazette is just the seventh player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal, after Kevin Campbell, Steve Bould, Fredrik Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Thomas Vermaelen.
- Jamie Vardy has now scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Arsenal.