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Giroud wins thriller for Arsenal
Giroud: wins thriller for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud was on hand on the opening day of the English Premier League to save Arsenal the agony of losing at home, when he came in  as a sub to give the Gunners a 4-3 winning edge over Leicester.

New signing, Alexandre Lacazette in the second minute, opened the scoring with a header for Arsenal in the thrilling match at the Emirates.

Shinji Okazaki, three minutes after  equalised for Leicester, with  Jamie Vardy putting  Leicester ahead in the 29th minute,

Just before the break, after a shot by Lacazette was blocked, defender Sead Kolasinac directed a ball squarely into the Leicester box for Danny Welbeck to tap in.

The hosts and the visitors were all square at half time at 2-2.

Giroud wins thriller for Arsenal
The Foxes tried but lost the game

On resumption,  Vardy restored the Foxes’ lead  just after 11 minutes of play. But undaunted Arsenal called in the reserves. First came in Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in the 67th minute. They replaced Mohammed Elneny, who had assisted Lacazette to head in the first goal and Rob Holding. In the 75th minutes, also came in Theo Walcott to replace Danny Welbeck.

The Arsenal subs proved super subs as they inflicted defeat on Leicester. Ramsey scored in the 83rd minute,to restore parity at 3-3, followed by  Olivier Giroud, who headed in the winning goal in the 85th minute, raising  the roof at the Emirates. Final score: Arsenal 4, Leicester 3.

Giroud wins thriller for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger: We refused to give up

It was a game that Arsenal ought to have won, having dominated proceedings all through the 90 minutes and the added time. Arsenal had more shots on target, 10-4 and more corner kicks, 9-4 and 70-30 of possession.

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