Arsenal edges Leicester City 4-3 in wild Premier League opener

Football is back. The heroes of yesteryear and perennially underachieving Gunners didn’t waste any time, with both Arsenal and Leicester City scoring in the first five minutes.

New signing Alexandre Lacazette had been in uniform for all of 90 seconds before scoring his first goal for the Gunners. That $63 million Arsenal shelled out to get him from Lyon is looking like a savvy investment indeed.

It was only the second time in Premier League history that the season opener had a goal scored inside two minutes. If the start of the game was an indication of things to come, we’re in for one hell of a Premier League season.

Leicester seized the lead, courtesy of a Vardy goal, in the 29th minute after Arsenal callously gave away possession in their own end.

With their best player, Alexis Sanchez, sidelined with an “abdominal injury,” Arsenal suffered from an acute lack of inspiration for much of the first half.

Arsenal knotted the score 2-2 as the referee was about to blow the whistle for halftime; their lackluster performance curiously rewarded by the football gods.

The Gunners were lucky to make it to the locker room tied, as they allowed Leicester City to hammer in crosses from the left flank at will. Perhaps Arsene Wenger didn’t think it fiscally responsible to defend the right side of the field.

Vardy put Leicester ahead 3-2 with a clinical header that found the bottom corner of the goal, but Arsenal answered in the 83rd minute as substitute Aaron Ramsey smashed a volley past Kasper Schmeichel. Two minutes later, the Arsenal scored again on an immaculate Olivier Giroud header.

It would be the final goal in the wildly entertaining game.

With Alexis Sanchez’s future uncertain, Arsene Wenger & Co. would be wise to keep Giroud happy; there aren’t many men not named Cristiano Ronaldo who are as lethal in the air as Giroud.

When the final whistle blew, the 60,000 fans at the Emirates erupted into a raucous rendition of “Hey Jude,” temporarily drowning calls for Arsene Wenger’s head.

Start the discussion

to comment