Arsenal recorded their first opening day win in three years with a dramatic late winner over Leicester City.
The Gunners had taken the lead through Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman headed home Mohammed Elneny’s cross after just 94 seconds to open his Arsenal goal account.
In typical Arsenal version, they let the lead slip through horrible defending. Marc Albrighton send in a cross to the far left which Harry Maguire heads back into the area. With apparently no challenge from Xhaka, one of the shortest players on the field – Shinji Okazaki rose highest to equalize for the Foxes.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s effort to make it 2 – 1 to Arsenal was well parried by Kasper Schmeichel.
For all of Arsenal’s efforts after Leicester’s equalizer, it was the Foxes who grabbed their second goal of the game though Jamie Vardy.
Granit Xhaka’s weakly attempted pass to Hector Bellerin was intercepted by Marc Albrighton. With no one on hand to give hime a hard time, the Leicester player darted towards the Arsenal area before sending a low cross which Vardy took with aplomb.
Arsenal’s vulnerability down the right was again exposed when Christian Fuchs dangerous cross was headed just wide by Shinji Okazawa.
The hosts kept probing and in the closing moments of the first half got their reward. A pass towards Lacazette was spinned behind his marker. With the Leicester defending an offside flag which never came, the ball fell to Sead Kolasinac who passed to Danny Welbeck was side-footed home.
If you were hoping Arsenal would turn on and defend better in the second half, then you have no idea about what you’re talking about. The Gunners conceded their third goal of the night with another wretched defending.
Mahrez’s corner to the box was headed home by Jamie Vardy who was allowed too much freedom after Granit Xhaka lost him. The goal brought a furious reaction out of Nacho Monreal.
Arsenal kept looking for the equalizer with Bellerin, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey going close.
In what was turning to be another disastrous start to a Premier League season, the North London giants scored twice in three minutes to turn the game around.
Xhaka’s pass was brilliantly controlled by Aaron Ramsey unleashed a shot into the bottom corner. Xhaka was against the creator for the winner after his cross was met by Olivier Giroud who headed home, amidst celebrations at the Emirates.
We are the Arsenal and we never do things the easy way.
The English Premier League is back and what a first game we’ve had.