Arsenal vs Leicester City as Premier League starts with a bang

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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.

Alongside Giroud, new signing and fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette scored his Premier League debut in magnificent fashion as he took the Gunners 1-0 up after less than two minutes.

"He came out and made a statement which we are all aware of but while he trains and plays and is professional the way he is, he will be considered for selection".

Before that though, Vardy stunned Arsene Wenger's men with two goals and Shinji Okazaki also went on the score sheet to nearly punished Arsenal which played without star forward Alexis Sanchez because of injury.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay".

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.

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Giroud has often been a figure of ridicule and has copped plenty of criticism during his tenure in England but his record is one of a dedicated servant to Arsenal. "We put ourselves in a commanding position and a few lapses in concentration have cost us", Vardy said after the game.

After crowning a good pre-season with a win over London rival Chelsea in last week's Community Shield, the Gunners should have been confident going into Friday's contest at the Emirates, reports Efe.

Although Wenger admitted that entering the new campaign without Sanchez is a big blow for Arsenal, he pointed out that the striker would not have featured against Leicester even if he had not sustained the injury.

Arsenal continued to dominate possession in the second half, only to concede a another goal in the 55th minute, when Vardy redirected a Riyad Mahrez corner kick past home goalkeeper Petr Cech.

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan".

On Olivier Giroud: "I love the man and the player". What the game was, though, is a reminder that beyond the incessant transfer rumours and long, moody shots of Arsene Wenger staring into nothingness awaits the adrenaline rush that only a good game of football can give.

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