Arsenal took on Leicester City on the opening day of 2017-18 premier league game and it turned out to be another belter just like last season against Liverpool at Emirates. Arsenal scored inside first two minutes thanks to goal from Lacazette but Okazaki and Vardy goals put Leicester in the lead before Welbeck equalized for Arsenal just before the break. Leicester started stronger in second half and Jamie Vardy scored his second and Leicester’s third of the night to put them back in the lead.
Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City Highlights
[ Premier League 2017-18 Match ]
02′ 1 – 0 Alexandre Lacazette scored with virtually his first touch in his premier league debut after he connected beautiful with his head of Elnany’s early cross and scored to make it 1-0 for Arsenal.
05′ 1 – 1 Shinji Okazaki made it 1-1 on the night minutes later and there were sights of last season’s 4-3 loss against Liverpool on the opening day at Emirates.
29′ 1 – 2 Jamie Vardy scored second for Leicester and put them in lead after they produce absolute class performance since going down early.
45′ 2 – 2 Danny Welbeck equalized for Arsenal at the stroke of half time.
56′ 2 – 3 Jamie Vardy scored his second of the night and restored Leicester’s lead.
83′ 3 – 3 Aaron Ramsey
85′ 4 – 3 Olivier Giroud
Leicester City struggled big time last season having won the title a year before and under manager Craig Shakspear The Foxes are a team capable of pulling off surprise results. Although rumours behind Riyad Mahrez transfer might force the manager to start without him they still have enough in the team to cause problems for Arsenal. Gunners already played one competitive game against Chelsea in the community shield which they won on penalties and should go into the first game of the season confident.
Arsene Wenger on the other hand came under massive pressure after Arsenal were ripped apart by clinical Liverpool at the Emirates last weekend and now they are under even more pressure going into the game against Leicester in their pursuit of first three points of the season.
Team News & Lineups: Arsenal has massive selection worries ahead of the saturday kickoff. Chambers and Holding might start against at the heart of the defense while Mertesacker and Paulista are still out injured alongside Koscielny who is a doubt with lack of fitness. Ramsey got injured against Liverpool and will miss atleast a month but Jack Wilshere might be ready for a start.
Leicester are likely to keep the front duo of Musa and Vardy in starting lineup while Mahrez, Drinkwater, Grey and Mendy should starting in midfield.
Match Predictions: The game holds significant importance for both teams and their season objectives. A defeat will put a massive dent on teams aspirates and they might just not recover to achieve their respective goals. Having said that Arsenal always turn up when back to the wall and I expect Wenger’s men to produce a good performance on saturday. A 2-1 win for Arsenal as far as Im concerned.