Published:  12:37 AM, 13 August 2017

Giroud earns Arsenal madcap opening victory

Giroud earns Arsenal madcap opening victory Arsenal's striker Olivier Giroud (C) celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League match against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 11. -AFP

Substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored as Arsenal twice came from behind to beat Leicester City 4-3 on Friday in a dizzily entertaining opening Premier League game. Record signing Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead after only 85 seconds at the Emirates Stadium, before a Shinji Okazaki header and a Jamie Vardy brace saw 2016 champions Leicester go 2-1 and then 3-2 up.

But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equaliser and Giroud notching the winner two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line. "We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding," said Wenger.

"Overall we could say we were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team who were very efficient going forward. We conceded three goals, yes, but we scored four goals as well and the game was of quality."

-AFP, London


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