Super-sub Giroud settles thrilling Premier League opener for Arsenal

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The English Premier League got underway in fine style as Arsenal triumped 4-3 over Leicester courtesy of a dramatic late victor at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.

Arsenal's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey (C) shoots to score Arsenal's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on August 11, 2017.

The presence of Lacazette among forward options including Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, who impressed and netted Arsenal's second, led Wenger into a frank conversation with Giroud.

Wenger revealed the 28-year-old will miss the first couple of weeks of the Premier League season, which includes matches against Leicester City and Stoke City, due to an abdominal problem.

Sanchez has one year left on his current contract but Arsene Wenger has said that last season's top scorer will be at the club this season, even if there is no progress on an extension to his deal.

Wenger has always been desperate to keep Giroud because he offers something so different with his aerial presence but was also willing to let him leave if he felt that he needed a guarantee that he would start more regularly in this World Cup season. They replaced Mohammed Elneny, who had assisted Lacazette to head in the first goal and Rob Holding.

The 26-year-old France global boasted a goal every 86 minutes in Ligue 1 for Lyon last season and, after forking out £45million, Wenger believes Lacazette can be just as deadly in England.

However, the lack of organisation at the back coupled with far too many errors on display on Friday night will worry the Arsenal boss, as well as the club's world-weary fans.

"Yes", Wenger said in July, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

One player the Frenchman is backing to adapt to the Premier League quickly is Arsenal's other new summer signing, Sead Kolasinac.

Like many of Leicester's players, Vardy endured a post-title slump last season, scoring only 13 times in the league, and Shakespeare was delighted to see him back among the goals. "We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", he said. "However, just to remind you we have 33 players and they are all good players".

England striker Vardy put the visitors 2-1 ahead just before the half hour, darting into the box to rifle another fine Albrighton cross past Cech after the winger had pounced on a poor square ball from Arsenal midfielder Mezut Ozil.

Shinji Okazaki heads in the equaliser from close range.

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