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Soccer: Okazaki nets as Leicester lose to Arsenal in Premier League opener

13 August 2017

On Friday night Arsenal kicked off their 2017/18 Premier League campaign with a bang as they snatched a 4-3 victory against former title winners Leicester City.

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.

"I opened the door for him [Giroud] at some stage as I had many strikers and it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go", said Wenger.

The event which got people talking was undoubtably the goal scored by Gunners' new recruit Alexandre Lacazette who managed to find the net during his top flight debut in under two minutes, which installed great promise for the upcoming season.

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger insists match-winner Olivier Giroud will stay at the club this season. The gunners this summer could gain for their country of about 50 million euros, but for the sake of returning to the Champions League refused to sell the player and risk losing him for free.

"Lacazette is getting stronger in every game and tonight he put in a very convincing performance". "So overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and is a collective player and an intelligent player as well".

He also boasted the highest chance conversion rate in Europe's top five leagues last season (38.9 per cent), scoring 37 goals in 45 games as Lyon secured a fourth-place finish in Ligue 1 and reached the Europa League semi-finals. "He's an intelligent player".

Leicester would not be disheartened though and Vardy struck again in the 56th minute from a Riyad Mahrez corner. First came in Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in the 67th minute. He'll have an opportunity to shine with the likes of Mesut Ozil feeding him.

The competition for forward roles in the starting XI is at its hottest for several years.

"Goalscoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that's for sure", said Wenger.