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

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

Substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scored as Arsenal twice came from behind to beat Leicester City 4-3 on Friday in a dizzily entertaining opening Premier League game.

Alexandre Lacazette's arrival has bumped Giroud even further down the Arsenal pecking order, but having given the 30-year-old the chance to leave, Wenger was thrilled he made a decision to stay.

"I believe that since January we have played in a very hard environment for different reasons", said Wenger. He's a fantastic player, but as well he has a big weight in this squad. "I think we have a good level of physical preparation".

He also boasted the highest chance conversion rate in Europe's top five leagues last season (38.9 per cent), scoring 37 goals in 45 games as Lyon secured a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 and reached the Europa League semi-finals.

"It's been a long pre-season and it's always tough", Leicester captain Wes Morgan said.

'However, it's the Man City situation that's the concern and we've seen it all before with Robin van Persie's move to Manchester United'. It's normal that the players and supporters are going to be celebrating for a period of time, but we have had to come down to reality.

Arsenal face a stern battle in the remaining weeks of the season to keep their star players at the Emirates Stadium and it seems there's growing concern in North London.

While conceding three goals raised questions for the French boss, he believes his side can correct those mistakes moving forward. Following a short corner on the left, Marc Albrighton's deep cross was headed back across goal by Harry Maguire and Okazaki leapt to nod a header past Petr Cech.

Danny Welbeck equalised on the stroke of half-time before Vardy restored Leicester's lead with a superb header from a set-piece to heap misery on the hosts.

"At some stage, I had to tell them, "Look guys, I am with you, but we have to win games".

"The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and Arsenal are one of the best clubs in it, year after year they've shown their consistency", he said.

"We were quite good a year ago on corners".

"After that we get the efficiency". However, a handball from Mesut Ozil in the build-up to the goal was missed by Mike Dean and his officials, something which is sure to frustrate the visitors.

But he drew encouragement from his side's display. "We can take a lot of positives from it".

All bad error of judgments in the Premier League, which will be the most fascinating in Europe if there are matches like this all season. He can be a nuisance for defenders. We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game.

He was confident in possession, too, and played a number of fine passes into midfield and over the top for Vardy to chase.

With this vital goal tonight...

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