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Arsenal battle back to win seven-goal thriller

Arsenal battle back to win seven-goal thriller

Giroud proved to be the hero of the opening night of the 2017-18 Premier League season on Friday (11 August), demonstrating trademark strength to hold off centre-backs Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan to head home the winning goal in a thrilling 4-3 home defeat of plucky Leicester City.

The 67-year-old manager praised his side's spirit after their comeback win and admits that there is work to be done in defence after letting Leicester score from two set-pieces.

In the 67th minute Giroud and Ramsey were brought on for Elneny and Holding, and those men would help turn the tide in Arsenal's favor.

West Ham, Marseille and Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with having an interest in the Frenchman.

The ruthless Jamie Vardy took advantage of Arsenal's shoddy defending twice - he stunned the Gunners with an emphatic kick in the first half and a delightful header in the second.

However, the slow, nervy starters that Arsenal are, they could easily wilt under the pressure of a raucuous crowd at The Emirates Stadium too, as they have done in a few of their previous season openers. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he decided to stay.

Speaking on Alexis' future, Wenger seemed to suggest he would not leave the club during the current transfer window.

Other than the explicit statement that he isn't moving, the same bad signs for a move to Everton are with Welbeck that are with Giroud. It remains to be seen.

Fredrik Ljungberg marked his debut with the final goal in a 3-0 win over Manchester United in September 1998, while Emmanuel Adebayor got off on the right foot away to Birmingham City in February 2006.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare was also pleased - even if the Foxes headed back to the East Midlands with nothing to show for their evening's endeavour.

"And it's not finished - Chelsea have bought [Alvaro] Morata and have not lost [Diego] Costa yet, and they will certainly buy more".

In the 41st minute a clear handball in the box had Arsenal shouting for a penalty, but it was denied by referee Mike Dean.

And he said reports linking Arsenal to Leicester's Riyad Mahrez have been exaggerated.