Okazaki equalized for the visitors in the fifth minute at the Emirates to cancel out the opening goal for Arsenal's summer signing Alexandre Lacazette, who netted after just two minutes. AFP | Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed "relief" over Olivier Giroud's decision to stay after the France striker earned his side a breathless 4-3 win against Leicester City.
"Overall I must say we kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding and overall you could say as well we were punished on every single mistake tonight by a Leicester team who was very efficient going forward".
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare was good on his word and started Riyad Mahrez, despite the fact the Algeria worldwide has asked to leave the club. Ramsey tied the score 3-3 in the 83rd minute with a nice strike from inside the penalty area, and Giroud got the victor two minutes later with a header that Kasper Schmeichel was unable to keep out of the net.
Two goals in the first 10 minutes and two in the last 10 - if that doesn't rekindle the excitement of Premier League football, not much can.
Within three minutes Leicester were level.
Okazaki, who headed home by the far post from a short corner, was pleased he scored on opening night but was not about to get carried away. Arsenal and Everton are in the Europa League, so they have to play on Thursdays.
Granit Xhaka's sloppy pass was picked up by Albrighton and he forged down the left flank before bending a sublime cross into the danger area that Vardy converted. One was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again.
Vardy made the most of some really poor zonal marking by Arsenal which allowed him to head in the ball behind Petr Cech on a corner by Riyad Mahrez.
Lacazette almost had his second of the night just minutes later, but Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel turned the shot aside, but Giroud beat the Dane with an exquisite header on the ensuing corner to give Arsenal the 4-3 victory. With Giroud replacing Holding, Wenger switched the formation from a 3-4-2-1 to a 4-4-2 with Giroud and Lacazette up front. He adapts slowly to the way we want to play.
"But we're not going to be too downhearted".