EPL result – Super subs Ramsey and Giroud complete Arsenal comeback victory against Leicester

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger’s men were 3-2 down with seven minutes remaining but goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud stole the game from under Leicester’s noses.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.

Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger.

“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”

The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute.

Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period.

“I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said.

Leicester City sign Kelechi Iheanacho from Leicester City

Leicester have signed forward Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

The Foxes have paid £25m for the 20-year-old, who has penned a five-year deal at the King Power.

He becomes manager Craig Shakespeare’s fourth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Harry Maguire, Vicente Iborra and Eldin Jakupovic.

City have the option to buy the Nigeria international back for £50m. “It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team.

I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want.

I was convinced and I’m happy to be here,” Iheanacho told LCFC TV.

“I was happy speaking with the manager, knowing what the team wants. It gives me more confidence that I will fit in this team and hopefully I’ll achieve a lot.”

Shakespeare added:

“It’s a great signing for us. Kelechi is an enormously talented player that has shown a huge amount of promise at every level in which he’s played. “We’ve tracked his progress for some time, so we know how much quality he’ll bring to the squad.

He’s young, he’s hungry, he’s ready for the next stage of his development and I’m delighted that will be with Leicester City.”

Iheanacho featured 28 times for City last season under Pep Guardiola, scoring seven goals.

However, he made just one start for City in 2017, with that appearance coming back on January 2 in the 2-1 win over Burnley.

Iheanacho joined City’s academy in 2014 and made his first-team debut in the 2-0 victory over Watford in August 2015.

He scored his first City goal on his second appearance for the club and went on to net a further 13 goals during the 2015/16 campaign, which included a hat-trick against Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

He will wear the No. 8 shirt and join fellow Nigerians Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi at the King Power Stadium.

Iheanacho signed a new contract with City until 2021 at the beginning of last season but saw his first-team opportunities at the Etihad curtailed by the arrival of Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus in January.

City said in a statement:

“Everyone at Manchester City wishes Kelechi all the best with his new challenge.”

Pep Guardiola confirms striker Kelechi Iheanacho transfer to Leicester is close, reveals buy-back clause


Manchester  City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed Kelechi Iheanacho is finalising a transfer to Leicester City.

The striker has stayed behind in the UK and not travelled with the City squad for their pre-season tour in the US as a move to Leicester edges ever closer.

Wilfried Bony, who spent last season at Stoke, also looks to be on his way out, but Guardiola insists the only reason he is absent from City’s American tour is due to injury.

While also admitting City have placed a buyback clause in Iheanacho’s proposed transfer.

“It was/is an honour to work with him because it was not easy for him because I did not give him a little opportunities,” Guardiola said of Iheanacho. “His behaviour, I’ve never saw a guy like him (before).

“He is close to making a deal, a transfer and he decided to stay in Manchester. Maybe next week or the next 10 days he is going to finish.

“We have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back.

“But he’s a young player and we believe he deserves to play. He needs to play at that age and that’s why him, the club and everybody, we decide what’s best for him.

“Bony is injured. If he wasn’t injured, he would be here but he had a little problem. It’s nothing important and serious, but he is recovering in Manchester.”

Leicester City sign Hull City defender Harry Maguire 

Leicester have completed the signing defender Harry Maguire from Hull for a fee reported to be around £17million.

The 24-year-old had a year remaining on his contract at Hull but following the club’s relegation from the Premier League he has joined the Foxes on a five-year deal.

Maguire told the Leicester website: “It’s obviously a very exciting time for myself.

“Once I had my eyes on this club, I always wanted to join. Thankfully I’m here, so I can’t wait to get the season started and kick on.

“There were a number of clubs interested, but when I met the manager here, he pretty much swayed it into the direction of this club.

“He showed me the way that the club is going. It’s on the up and it looks very promising for the future, so credit to the gaffer.

“You can see that with the structure of the club, it’s going to look upwards rather than down, so that was a big reason why, as soon as I knew there was an interest, I wanted to jump at the opportunity.”
Maguire will link up with his new team-mates in early July ahead of Leicester’s pre-season training camp in Austria. Reports suggest his deal is worth around £80k-a-week.
Maguire was a stand-out performer for Hull during the 2016/17 campaign and was expected to leave the club following their relegation from the Premier League.

The 24-year-old joined the Tigers in the summer of 2014 from Sheffield United for a fee of £2.5m and the Blades will receive a windfall from Maguire’s sale after inserting a sell-on clause in the deal that took him to East Yorkshire.

Maguire spent time on loan at Wigan during his first year with Hull before helping the club win promotion from the Championship the year after.

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      EPL  result – Kane hit four as Tottenham crush Leicester city

      ​Leicester City 1 – 6 Tottenham Hotspur

      Harry Kane bagged four goals to take him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts as Tottenham thrashed Leicester 6-1.

      Though Chelsea ended their Premier League title hopes last week, there was no let-up from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who won for the 25th time in the league this season.

      Kane helped himself to two predatory goals from close range before rattling in twice from 20 yards in the last few minutes to move to 26 league goals for the campaign.

      Son Heung-min also scored fine goals either side of half-time, volleying in Dele Alli’s masterful pass, and bending in from 25 yards after a swift counter-attack.

      Leicester, who are yet to make a decision on manager Craig Shakespeare’s future, played their part in an entertaining game.

      Ben Chilwell momentarily sparked hopes of a fightback by making it 2-1, but the Foxes ultimately had no answer to this in-form Tottenham side.