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Alexandre Lacazette starts for Arsenal in season curtain-raiser against Leicester

12 August 2017, 12:46 | Joan Schultz

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Alexandre Lacazette showed just why Arsenal paid a club record fee to bring him to the Emirates on his Premier League debut, but it was another striker, who has been unduly criticised and overlooked, that made the telling impact in a that-was-nuts opening match against Leicester City.

Arsenal found its equalizer on the stroke of halftime, though, with Lacazette squeezing a ball through tight space to Kolasinac, who laid it off for Danny Welbeck to beat Kasper Schmeichel from close range, making it 2-2 entering the break.

The hosts and the visitors were all square at half time at 2-2. But undaunted Arsenal called in the reserves.

Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the victor from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line.

Ramsey and Giroud had been introduced with 23 minutes to go and Ramsey nearly scored with his first touch, whilst Theo Walcott and Ozil had already gone close.

Aaron Ramsey equalised for Arsenal again in the 83rd minute before Giroud's crucial touch just two minutes later completed the quick turnaround at the Emirates.

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Within 20 minutes both players had scored - and the mood completely changed - as Arsenal avoided losing their opening fixture for the fourth time in five years.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed most determined to equalise for Arsenal. "But we're not going to be too downhearted". We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard. We encourage him to do that.

Petr Cech, Arsenal Captain said: "I think we made technical mistakes for the second goal, it can always happen - it's part of football". That means there is a familiar pairing up front for the Foxes in the form of Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki. One was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again.

"At some stage, I had to tell them, 'Look guys, I am with you, but we have to win games", revealed the Frenchman to UK's Daily Mail yesterday.

"Our character is the best ingredient in our game tonight. There were hard moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see". It's impossible (to keep all strikers happy). "I think he will not play at Stoke, yes", he added.

"We had quite a few chances".

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