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.

World Cup UEFA Qualification  – Aleksandar Mitrovic strike cancels Aaron Ramsey’s ‘panenka’; Ireland draw Austria 

​Group D

Ireland 1 – 1 Austria

Moldova 2 – 2 Georgia
Serbia 1 – 1 Wales

  • Serbia 1 – 1 Wales

Wales fought out what could be a valuable draw as they held Group D leaders Serbia 1-1 in Belgrade.

Aaron Ramsey had given Wales a 35th-minute lead, with his ‘Panenka’ penalty coming at the same stadium where Czechoslovakia’s Antonin Panenka went down in folklore at the 1976 European Championship.

But Aleksandar Mitrovic hit a 73rd-minute equaliser as the teams drew for the second time in seven months.

  • Ireland 1 – 1 Austria

Jonathan Walters kept the Republic of Ireland in the hunt with the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Austria in Dublin.

Walters cancelled out Martin Hinteregger’s first-half strike with five minutes remaining – and moments later Shane Duffy had what he thought was a winner ruled out for a foul.

  • Moldova 2 – 2 Georgia

Georgia came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Moldova.

Radu Ginsari and Alexandru Dedov put the hosts 2-0 up at half-time but Georgia hit back through Giorgi Merebashvili and Valeri Kazaishvili to snatch a point.

FA Cup Final – Ramsey grabs the winner as Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea to seal record 13th FA Cup victory

Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea

Arsenal ended a season of frustration and uncertainty with FA Cup glory, denying 10-man Chelsea the double as Arsene Wenger secured his record seventh FA Cup final win, to became the most successful manager in the competition’s history.

Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in contentious fashion after only four minutes, when referee Antony Taylor overruled his assistant after he had flagged for offside against Aaron Ramsey, — although his handball in the build-up was missed.

In a lively battle between north and west London at Wembley, Chelsea – who trailed 1-0 to Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener Victor Moses was sent off on 68 minutes for picking up a second yellow card for diving. 

However, Diego Costa sensationally levelled for the 10 men on 77 minutes.
Having stumbled home fifth and missed out on Champions League qualification, criticism of the Wenger has reached unprecedented and unpalatable levels.

Arsenal, outstanding throughout, refused to be denied and were back in front inside three minutes when Ramsey, who scored the FA Cup final  winner against Hull City in 2014,did it again with a header from substitute Olivier Giroud’s cross.

Wenger pumped his fists in delight at the final whistle, as a season that has brought so much criticism for the 67-year-old Frenchman, ended in Wembley glory with a record 13th FA Cup win for the Gunners.

With Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi missing out through injury, Wenger had to field a makeshift back three of Per Mertesacker, who was making his first start in 13 months, alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal.

A larger than usual security presence welcomed supporters at a time of heightened alert following Monday’s terror attack.

Armed police patrolled Wembley and all in attendance underwent rigorous searches after 22 people were killed and many more injured in the attack at Manchester Arena.

Chelsea did not wear their black armbands in the first half after leaving them inside the jackets they decided against due to the warm weather.

Latest Football News

Manchester United are planning to spend around £120 million in the summer rather than make January signings, though they realise top targets Gareth Bale and Thomas Muller are unlikely to be available.

Real Madrid still want to buy Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 25, in the summer despite their transfer ban.

Real want United to sign midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, to help them fund a bid for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 28.

David De Gea has cooled reports of a move to Real Madrid and insists he wants to win trophies at Manchester United and become a legend for the club.

Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 74, would be willing to help Ryan Giggs if Louis van Gaal loses his job.

Jose Mourinho believes he will succeed Van Gaal, 64, as United manager within six months, and has sounded out some of his former assistants about joining him at Old Trafford.

Mourinho, 52, turned down the chance to return to Real Madrid in order to resume his Premier League career.

Barcelona sent a scout to watch 21-year-old Everton defender John Stones at Chelsea on Saturday.

Barca are confident of taking Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the Nou Camp, and have made signing the 25-year-old one of their summer priorities, with a fee of up to £60million being reported.

Liverpool are prepared to pay £25m for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 29, this summer.

Chelsea are looking at Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, 28, as a replacement for captain John Terry, 35.

The Stamford Bridge side are also looking at Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez, 24.

West Ham are set to bid £10m for Liverpool’s Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 25, who is on loan at AC Milan.

West Brom are demanding £7m for Callum McManaman, 24, after QPR and Middlesbrough became the latest clubs to register an interest in the winger.

Swansea are prepared to sack head coach Alan Curtis after the club slipped into Premier League relegation zone less than two weeks after appointing the 61-year-old as full-time successor to Garry Monk.

Newcastle are looking to take Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 30, to St James’ Park.

The Toons have made a £25 million bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as they look to take advantage of the Ligue 1 outfti’s financial situation.

If Lacazette cannot be convinced to join the heavy French foreign legion at St James’
Park, it’s claimed Newcastle will turn their attention to Stoke’s Senegalese frontman Mame Biram Diouf.

Chelsea are weighing up making a £20 million bid for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, who is seen as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard.

John Terry praised his Chelsea teammates for their fighting spirit to earn a 3-3 draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but “doesn’t really care” if his controversial late goal was offside.

Manchester City have put contract talks with teenage striker Kelechi Iheanacho on hold after a row broke out over which group of agents is representing the youngster.

Having already had a £11 million bid for Swansea City’s Andre Ayew rejected, the Black Cats are now set to offer £14m for the Ghana international.

Roma has settled their contract issues with Ashley Cole and paved the way for LA Galaxy to sign the left back, with an announcement possibly coming Tuesday.

Various reports both in the USA and Italy on Sunday suggest Cole is set to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he will link up with his former England team-mate Steven Gerrard.

Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning are set to offer Yaya Toure a £230,000 per week contract and Manchester City £10 million to buy the midfielder.

Louis van Gaal has refused to allow Victor Valdes join Newcastle on loan, with the Spain international not allowed to join another Premier League club.

Leicester City want to take Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira on loan, with the midfielder having been told he can leave for “the right club”.

The Foxes are hopeful of sealing a deal for FC Copenhagen’s Daniel Amartey by the end of the week.

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has revealed that he will quit the club in January as he wants to play for France at Euro 2016.

Arsene Wenger says he faces even more hostility from Stoke City fans these days than from Tottenham supporters.

Louis van Gaal says he has learned to control himself on the touchline, but that he used to be like new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp has become something of a cult figure in the Premier League for his animated antics in the dugout, but as Man United prepare to face Liverpool, Van Gaal insists that officials are not bothered by anything the managers do.

Luis Enrique says that Neymar’s style of play is not “offensive” and has warned Sunday’s opponents Athletic Bilbao that any retribution for the Brazilian’s flick over Unai Bustinza’s head in the closing stages of the 2014-15 Copa del Rey final won’t be tolerated.

At Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards, Paul Pogba said to Lionel Messi: ”I love to play with you at the club”.

Everton are planning a £10 million bid for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, who has previously been linked to Liverpool.

QPR are keen to take Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo on loan while Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers want Toffees midfielder Darron Gibson.

Watford have joined the battle to sign QPR winger Matt Phillips with West Brom and Bournemouth also interested.

Posters of former manager Jose Mourinho are on sale in Chelsea’s club shop for £1 each, a month after the Portuguese left.

Real Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez has claimed that FIFA is looking into Premier League clubs over breaches of the same regulations that saw Atletico and Real Madrid given transfer window bans last week.

A potential return to Bologna for Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 25, has hit a snag over the length of contract on offer.

Norwich manager Alex Neil says his club are interested in signing 27-year-old defender Timm Klose from Wolfsburg.

Singer Ed Sheeran may be taking a self-imposed break from social media,but that didn’t stop Newcastle legend and BBC pundit Alan Shearer tweeting a photo of the two of themat Newcastle’s 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley gave away £2.5m of winter jackets from his Sports Direct firm after his side beat West Ham on Saturday.

EPL Results

Joe Allen struck in the final minute as Liverpool held Arsenal to a 3-3 draw at Anfield as the Gunners saw their lead at the top of the table reduced.
The Reds took the lead after 10 minutes when Roberto Firmino fired a low shot past Petr Cech after Emre Can’s effort had fallen into his path.
But the equaliser arrived just four minutes later when Aaron Ramsey latched on to Joel Campbell’s ball and fired past Simon Mignolet.
The Reds were ahead again on 19 minutes when Firmino grabbed his second of the match, curling an unstoppable effort past Cech.
And amazingly it was 2-2 on 25 minutes when Giroud headed home from a corner with Mesut Ozil claiming yet another assist of a stellar season.
Giroud then grabbed his second of the game and 18th of the season on 55 minutes, turning smartly and firing into the corner of Mignolet’s net.

James McClean halted Chelsea’s rise up the Premier League table as West Brom came from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
West Brom created a handful of early chances but the hosts took the lead through an unlikely source in Azpilicueta, who found the back of the net after bombing forward to meet a cross at the far post.
The Baggies responded well to the early setback and hauled themselves level when Craig Gardner’s driven shot from the edge of the area nestled into the bottom corner.
Guus Hiddink’s side took the lead once again in the 73rd minute after Gareth McAuley turned the ball into the his own net when trying to prevent Kenedy from connecting with Willian’s low cross.
The Baggies came from behind for a second time when McClean struck four minutes from time as the visitors earned a deserved point.

Manchester City were held to a frustrating but entertaining 0-0 draw as Everton earned a point in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Raheem Sterling was controversially denied a late penalty as City saw their title aspirations dealt a blow by Roberto Martinez’s dogged outfit.

A dramatic late header from Robert Huth put Leicester City joint-top of the Premier League with a slender 1-0 victory against Tottenham.
The two teams drew 2-2 in their FA Cup clash just three days ago but the high-flying Foxes were the victors in the the latest battle at White Hart Lane as Huth was on hand to convert Christian Fuchs’ corner in the 83rd minute.
Despite recalls for Tottenham’s Harry Kane and fit-again Jamie Vardy – one of nine changes for Ranieri’s visitors from the weekend’s game – neither could get their names on the scoresheet.

A hat-trick from Jermain Defoe helped struggling Sunderland end a six-game losing streak and secure a vital 4-2 win against 10-man Swansea.
Sam Allardyce’s men took the early lead in south Wales when a poor kick out from Lukasz Fabianski was punished by Jermain Defoe, but the Swans were soon level when Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised from the penalty spot in the 21st minute.
Swansea were then reduced to ten men after full-back Kyle Naughton saw a straight red card for a foul on Yann M’Vila, yet they went ahead with an emphatic finish from Andre Ayew just before the half-time whistle.
Patrick Van Aanholt made the game all-square again four minutes after the restart and Sunderland went on to retake the lead as Defoe added his second of the evening with a cool finish just past the hour mark.
Defoe then ensured he would be taking home the match ball when he prodded in with five minutes left which sees Sunderland narrow the gap to 17th-placed Swansea to one point.

Southampton impressively outplayed and outworked Watford to secure a 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory that should signal the end of their poor run.
On an evening when Watford were as poor as the hosts were intense, goals in each half from Shane Long and Dusan Tadic took Southampton into 12th place and within two points of their underwhelming visitors.

Jonathan Walters, Joselu and a Ryan Bennett own goal helped Stoke to a 3-1 victory over 10-man Norwich at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Gary O’Neil was sent off for an utterly needless slide tackle on Ibrahim Afellay.
After then falling behind to Jonathan Walters’ 49th-minute effort, Norwich did well to level six minutes later through a cracking Jonny Howson strike.
But Stoke regained the lead via Joselu’s smart finish in the 67th minute, and the away side then shot themselves in the foot again as Ryan Bennett’s own-goal 12 minutes from time sealed victory for the hosts.

Chelsea 2 – 2 West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City 0 – 0 Everton
Southampton 2 – 0 Watford
Stoke City 3 – 1 Norwich City
Swansea City 2 – 4 Sunderland
Liverpool 3 – 3 Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 1 Leicester City

EPL Results

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Jurgen Klopp could not inspire Liverpool to victory in his first game at the helm, as they produced a goalless draw with Tottenham.

Klopp, the self-proclaimed ‘Normal One’ left White Hart Lane with what he labelled a ‘normal result’ as his new Liverpool side drew 0-0.

Chelsea ended their run of three games without a victory as Jose Mourinho turned the spotlight onto his Aston Villa counterpart Tim Sherwood with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues went into the game searching for a first win since beating Walsall 4-1 in the Capital One Cup on Sept. 23, and looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Southampton before the international break.

Costa returned from suspension to score one and force another as the Premier League champions won 2-0 and their fans sang “we are staying up”

Mourinho was the subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Roman Abramovich’s 12-year ownership following the October 3 loss to Southampton, which left the Blues 16th.

And the Russian billionaire was present as the Villa clash began with the home crowd voicing their support for the self-proclaimed Special One.

Wayne Rooney fired Manchester United to victory with his first goal at Goodison Park in eight years, but his day was tinged with sadness following the death of Howard Kendall.

Rooney ended his 11-month wait for a Premier League away goal on Saturday in United’s 3-0 win at Everton.

Morgan Schneiderlin scored his first United goal after some slack marking at the back post, and the unmarked Ander Herrera nodded in Marcos Rojo’s cross to double the lead.

The goal also saw Rooney draw level with former United striker Andy Cole as the second highest scorer in Premier League history.

Kendall won the league as a player with Everton and then went on to manage the club three times.

In his most successful period in the mid-1980s, Kendall led Everton to two titles, the FA Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup.

Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey all netted as Arsenal retained second place in the Premier League table with a 3-0 win at Watford.

The Gunners, who had beaten Manchester United before the international break, were made to work hard for their victory following a spirited effort by the well-organised Hornets.

Ultimately, though, the technical superiority of Arsene Wenger’s men proved enough, as in-form Sanchez netted after a breakaway on 62 minutes, with goals from substitute Giroud and Ramsey helping to keep Arsenal only two points behind leaders Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling hit a first-half hat-trick and Wilfried Bony struck twice as Manchester City hammered Bournemouth 5-1 at The Etihad.

City had needed someone to step up in the absence of injured star striker Sergio Aguero and £49million man Sterling duly rose to the challenge.

He and Bony both struck inside the opening 11 minutes and the former Liverpool man added two more after a Glenn Murray reply. Bony wrapped up scoring in the closing minutes.

Late goals from Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet floored 10-man Crystal Palace as West Ham snatched a dramatic 3-1 victory at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles appeared to have held on for a point despite playing the entire second half with 10 men following Dwight Gayle’s brainless red card.

But West Ham’s pressure paid off when Argentinian winger Lanzini rifled home in the 88th minute and Payet put the icing on the cake in injury time.

Carl Jenkinson had put the visitors ahead with his second goal in two matches, but Yohan Cabaye equalised moments later with a twice-taken penalty.

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester came back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with Southampton at St Mary’s.

Goals from Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk had given them a two-goal half-time lead, but Leicester gradually and impressively recovered the point that their exertions deserved.

The draw keeps them fifth in the Barclays Premier League table, even if that position is likely to be difficult to maintain, and three points ahead of eighth-placed Southampton.

Saido Berahino’s third Premier League goal of the season ensured Sam Allardyce lost his first game as Sunderland boss 1-0 at West Brom.

Berahino scored the only goal of the game on 54 minutes, when he outmuscled giant goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon and tapped the ball into the net from close range.

Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Liverpool

Chelsea 2 – 0 Aston Villa

Crystal Palace 1 – 3 West Ham United

Everton 0 – 3 Manchester United

Manchester City 5 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Southampton 2 – 2 Leicester City

West Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 Sunderland

Watford 0 – 3 Arsenal