Arsenal v Leicester City predicted starting XIs for both sides

Arsenal v Leicester City predicted starting XIs for both sides

Arsenal v Leicester City predicted starting XIs for both sides

Two goals from subs Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in two minutes late on saw Arsenal go 4-3 up as they started off the Premier League season in incredible, breathtaking fashion.

After what was a largely hard season for Arsenal, finishing outside the top four for the first time in 20 years, they ended the campaign on a high by beating Chelsea to lift the FA Cup.

The Gunners got off to the ideal start, with record-signing Alexandre Lacazette scoring after just 94 seconds, via his his first-ever shot in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger has been the coach of Arsenal for about 21-years and just recently signed a 2-years contract extension at the beginning of the transfer window, after many had speculated his exit away from the club.

Danny Welbeck then brought Arsenal back level on the brink of half-time.

Again a set-piece proved Arsenal's undoing as Mahrez's in-swinging corner from the right was nodded in by Vardy.

But Leicester pulled one back through Shinji Okazaki who scored for the Foxes by outjumping Granit Xhaka to head home Harry Maguire's cutback header for the Foxes' first goal of the season.

Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France global Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.

Arsenal after a victory in the F.A. Community Shield game on Sunday. Credit Tony O’Brien  Reuters
Arsenal after a victory in the F.A. Community Shield game on Sunday. Credit Tony O’Brien Reuters

The 26-year-old gave his side the lead after just two minutes after getting onto the end of Mohamed Elneny's cross with a powerful header to beat the helpless Kasper Schmeichel.

Arsenal vs Leicester City at 2:45pm on NBCSN.

On Sanchez and Ozil's final year of contract, Wenger said: "When a player goes into the final year of their contract we will try to extend the contract because there is no reason we shouldn't do it, but we are not there yet".

Olivier Giroud found the victor for Arsenal late on.

"Obviously, there're players behind him who have to do the legwork but, as far as I'm concerned, his job is to create".

Even though they showcased most of their flaws on Friday, you can't fault the spirit of Arsene Wenger's men.

Bellerin could have added the sixth goal of the game after he found himself one on one with Schmeichel but the Dane was out quick to deny the Spaniard with his legs.

The aforementioned trio were pictured training with the rest of the first-team and are likely to be involved in the match day squad for the first league game of the season.

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