Arsenal kicked off the 2017/18 Premier League season with a Friday night thriller against Leicester City as they won 4-3 courtesy of a dramatic late comeback.
Arsene Wenger named a very attacking-minded starting line-up for the clash with the Foxes as summer signing Alexandre Lacazette was teamed up with a fit-again Mesut Ozil.
And Arsenal’s new striker got off to a flying start, scoring with a well-placed header, less than two minutes after the kick-off. It was the start which Arsene Wenger had asked for but what followed was a reminder of familiar woes.
A deep Leicester cross left Arsenal’s defence and Petr Cech looking desperate and Shinji Okazaki took full advantage by heading home an equalizer for the away side, only minutes after they had gone behind.
The Gunners then managed to pile the pressure on Craig Shakespeare’s side but the next goal came from Leicester and it was quite a sucker-punch indeed as Jamie Vardy guided home a low cross.
But Arsenal managed to even the score right on the stroke of half-time as Sead Kolasinac handed the ball over to Danny Welbeck from close-range for him to place it home.
The home side returned from the break with more urgency but their problems remained costly at the other end as Vardy scored a third for Leicester from a corner.
However, just when Wenger’s men appeared to be heading for another opening day defeat, goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud turned matters around for a 4-3 victory.