Giroud grabs late winner as Arsenal beat Leicester City in seven-goal thriller


Olivier Giroud on Friday night grabbed a late winner for Arsenal as the Gunners defeated Leicester in a seven-goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium in London.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match was the 2017/18 English Premier League (EPL) season opener.

This was the first time the top flight season kicked off on a Friday.

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.

The EPL season kicked off with a classic as Arsenal’s new signing Lacazette scored two minutes into his league debut.

Vardy had twice put Leicester in front before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud came off the bench to give Arsenal a late win.

This was only the sixth time in 25 years that an opening game in a Premier League season had seen seven goals scored.

Lacazette, who arrived for 45.6 million pounds from Lyon, was perfectly placed to take advantage of Wes Morgan misjudging Mohamed Elneny’s cross, flicking in a low header to become the fastest-scoring debutant in Premier League history.

He headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Kelechi Iheanacho made his Leicester debut in the 82nd minute as he substituted Matthew James in a tactical substitution.

He showed some flashes of skills and good through passes which were unfortunately often intercepted by the Arsenal defence as the Gunners held on for a famous win.

Giroud speaking to reporters after the match said, “Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push.

“We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard.

“We have been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game,” he said. (NAN)