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Opening-day woe for Leicester

12 August 2017, 06:57 | Andy Ferguson

Arsenal had to come from behind twice to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thriller as the Premier League season got off to a flying start on Friday with Arsene Wenger's substitutions turning the match around at The Emirates.

Former Manchester United man Danny Welbeck also found the back of the net at the end of the first half, while substitute Aaron Ramsey scored the third goal just minutes before Giroud's victor.

Vardy's second goal, a towering header from a corner-kick, looked to have won it for the Foxes until the sensational finale that saw the game swing in Arsenal's favour.

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It was an incredible escape act from Arsenal, but Giroud claimed his team, who dominated possession and peppered the Leicester goal, never doubted they would hit back. We had a lot of experienced defenders out injured for the game.

After enduring a troubled campaign marred by fan protests against him last season, Wenger desperately needs a strong start this term. "He made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me". Not only as a player, he's a fantastic player but as well in the group.

Giroud had been linked with an exit during the summer, and Wenger admitted he considered allowing his most authentic target man to leave but the 30-year-old resisted the idea. At some stage, I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers.

"We wanted to do that today - unfortunately that didn't happen and it's something where we can look back and analyse the game and see where we went wrong and improve on the situation".



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