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Okazaki nets as Leicester lose to Arsenal in Premier League opener

13 August 2017, 09:48 | Charlene Valdez

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Hey! It's soccer! Or football, whatever!

Campbell and Steve Bould were on target when George Graham's side suffered a 4-2 home defeat to Norwich, an inauspicious maiden outing in the initial Premier League season. Those pointless preseason friendlies and the miserable Gold Cup are a thing of the past.

Jamie Vardy was adjudged the Man of the Match in the game. We can take heart from the way we went about it but in those key moments we needed to be a bit more streetwise.

One new recruit, defender Harry Maguire, felt Leicester gave the hosts a run for their money and - despite heading back to the east midlands with nothing to show for it - believes the display will hold them in good stead.

Everton have been reported to be interested in Giroud's Arsenal team mate, Danny Welbeck, as well as former Blackburn striker, Nikola Kalinic.

Just as the atmosphere had turned sour, goals to Aaron Ramsey, assisted by Granit Xhaka, and Olivier Giroud allowed Arsenal to hold on in the last five minutes to grab a courageous victory.

The Arsenal veteran didn't cover himself in glory against Leicester City.

Arsene Wenger also added after the game that he was delighted that the 30-year-old had chose to stay at the Emirates, after he had offered him the opportunity to leave.

Arsene Wenger would respond by sending on by sending on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, and that proved to be an inspired decision. The two sides have both figured in the transfer market as well, with Arsenal signing Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac while holding onto Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez (thus far, anyhow), while Leicester has brought in Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City and is widely expected to be dealing Riyad Mahrez prior to the August 31 deadline.


Arsenal on Friday had to twice come from behind to secure a thrilling win.

The substitutions nearly paid off as Ramsey was so close to restoring parity for the Gunners with his first touch, heading wide Hector Bellerin's cross from the left flank in the 68th minute. Improvements will have to be made, but for now, NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA, NA NA NA NA, GIROUD!

He also hailed record signing Lacazette who became the seventh Arsenal player to score on his Premier League debut.

After being knocked down, Leicester got right back up with a second Vardy goal to take the 3-2 lead.

What he did defensively towards the end of the game - Gary's just mentioned the back four that Arsenal had - without him at the end you fear Leicester would have got the equaliser.

Vardy thought he was spoiling the Emirates Stadium party with his second goal in the 56th minute as groans were heard across North London.

Arsenal have won their last three home matches against the Foxes.

Still, not the ideal start for Shakespeare as a manager who has spent plenty of cash ahead of first full season in charge in the Premier League. We can't wait to see where the league goes from here.



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