The Premier League returned with a bang last night as Arsenal defeated Leicester City in a seven-goal thriller.
Arsenal supporters were already readying their ‘WengerOUT’ tweets when the Gunners trailed 3-2 entering the final 10 minutes of the match but two goals in three minutes from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud secured a 4-3 win.
It was the perfect way to get the 2017-18 season up and running.
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Alexandre Lacazette needed just 85 seconds to score his first league goal, expertly heading home Mohamed Elneny’s cross, but it was the player who he has jumped above in the pecking order who was the hero.
Giroud has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium but Arsenal supporters and, more importantly, Arsene Wenger, are desperate for him to stay.
"I love the man and the player because he is a fantastic guy, he is committed and loves the club and he does not want to leave and I am happy that he wants to stay," Wenger said after the match, per Sky Sports.
Watch: Giroud's winner
Between them, Lacazette and Giroud should score enough goals to give Arsenal a great chance of returning to the top four.
But the fact that Arsenal shipped three goals will spark some concerns within the club.
Arsenal were without Gabriel, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, while Shkodran Mustafi was an unused substitute, meaning the north London side played a back three of Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal and Rob Holding.
And, while Kolasinac followed up his goal in last week’s Community Shield win over Chelsea with an assist for Danny Welbeck, it was his marking for Leicester’s first goal that prompted Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville to label him “irresponsible”.
So it will be a welcome sight when Mustafi and Koscielny return, meaning Kolasinac can move to left wing-back.
Mustafi's tweet to Neville
Despite playing no part in the match, Mustafi still joined in the celebrations at full-time and posted a picture of himself with Neville on Twitter.
Mustafi, who played under Neville at Valencia, noticed that the Manchester United hero seemed to really enjoy Arsenal’s win.
“First 3 points for us ... and even @GNev2 seems to be celebrating this @Arsenal win 🤔😂 It was nice seeing my former coach again 😉”.
The German defender could be back for next Saturday’s trip to Stoke City after he was given an extended break following the Confederations Cup.
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