Alexandre Lacazette Opens The Scoring Two Minutes Into His Premier League Debut

Arsene Wenger was speaking at a Football Writers Association event to raise money for the London Fire Relief Fund
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Arsene Wenger was speaking at a Football Writers Association event to raise money for the London Fire Relief Fund Credit PA

Arsenal's 4-3 victory over Leicester on Saturday morning saw the 2017-18 Premier League season begin in the most spectacular fashion possible.

Arsenal are now facing Leicester in the opening fixture of the campaign - with the Gunners 2-1 down after 29 minutes, with Lacazette's earlier goal being cancelled out by Leicester's Shinji Okazaki just moments later and Jamie Vardy putting the away side in front around the half hour mark.

Arsenal's foot-shooting continued when, despite creating numerous chances, they conceded at the other end, with Jamie Vardy showing all his finishing prowess to give Leicester the lead a minute before the half hour. During most of the game, the team's defence left much to be desired - that Vardy managed get past six defenders to score his second goal is testament to that. Having ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year contract, Wenger believes if his players put on a united front, the exasperated fans will fall into line behind them.

"At some stage, I had to tell them, "Look guys, I am with you, but we have to win games". "[With] Ozil [too], we have plenty of the same type of players", he said, as reported by the Evening Standard. We can take heart from the way we went about it but in those key moments we needed to be a bit more streetwise.

Jose Mourinho looking for more goalscorers at Manchester United
Mourinho believes United are capable of winning a title in his second season, but is not kidding himself over the challenge that awaits them domestically. "I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play".

The Arsenal player should have sought the advise of an Indian Gunner before going ahead with the tattoo. "We've got a challenging start but if we get this type of performance then we'll get points on the board".

After so much talk of the 25th anniversary of the Premier League's breakaway and all of the core traits marketed as firing the competition, these two teams seemed determined to live up it, as they offered the most breathless and goal-laden start it has ever seen: two goals in four minutes, an bad lot of pace, and very little defending - especially in the air.

"Giroud? He's fantastic", Wenger said of the France worldwide, who usually started on the bench last season and had been linked with a move away from The Emirates.

"I've been impressed with Harry Maguire since he came in".

Drama At The Emirates As Arsenal Beat Leicester In Seven-Goal Thriller
He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay. The game was a real thriller, as Arsenal came back from being down 2-1 and 3-2.

Okazaki almost made Arsenal's first half even more galling but he could only head narrowly wide with the home defence all over the place.

Arsenal were level at the break however, as Danny Welbeck restored parity with the final kick of the first half. Wenger's new signings Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette have both slotted into the squad well and instead of worrying about the staggering wage demands of two players, the boss to look to his new arrivals to fresh hope of a title win.

Schmeichel was alert to prevent Hector Bellerin finishing off a slick Arsenal attack.

Brighton vs Manchester City, Premier League
But how quickly they can gel into an effective Premier League unit will be one of the biggest tests facing Hughton's side. Does he suit Guardiola's system? Guardiola's men take on Brighton on Saturday in their season opener.

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