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.


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Fabian Delph

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is set to reinstate David De Gea, 24, as his first-choice goalkeeper and will hold talks with the Spain international today.

Wayne Rooney was not the only England player to break a record on Tuesday. The nine-second appearance by Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, 25, was the shortest appearance by an England starter.

Delph will undergo a scan to acertain the extent of the hamstring injury, and is now surely a major doubt for City ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is reportedly on course for a Christmas return despite earlier reports that the striker faces around six months on the sidelines.

Arsene Wenger says former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry will have to go through a “psychological and mental transformation” to become a successful manager.

Wenger recently revealed that the Gunners’ all-time record goalscorer is currently working with Arsenal’s Under-18 team as he works towards gaining his coaching badges. Henry has, like Sky Sports colleague Gary Neville, taken on a dual role combining coaching with his punditry work for the broadcaster.

Arsenal and Manchester City are both linked with Isco, with a number of clubs understood to have made enquiries regarding the Real Madrid playmaker.

Arsenal are keeping tabs on FC Basel forward Breel Embolo. Tottenham are also interested in the 18-year-old, who is valued at £10 million.

Borussia Monchengladbach were spurned in their attempts to sign Embolo, as the 18-year-old would rather stay in Switzerland until January before signing for Wolfsburg.

Tottenham have confirmed that South Korean striker Son Heung-min has been granted a work permit and could be in contention to make his debut this weekend against Sunderland.

Eva Carneiro, Chelsea first-team doctor
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Chelsea club doctor Eva Carneiro, 41, is preparing legal action against the club.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini may give defender Nicolas Otamendi, 27, a debut at right-back against Crystal Palace if Bacary Sagna fails to recover from injury in time.

Paris St-Germain defender Thiago Silva, 30, feels the transfer fees paid by both Manchester United and Manchester City this summer are bordering on “the edge of madness”.

Manchester United have already begun their efforts to sign Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson.

United have not received any offers for midfielder Ander Herrera, who has been linked with both Barcelona and Valencia.

Martin Demichelis is weighing up a return to Argentina with River Plate when his Manchester City contract expires in the summer of 2016.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has admitted the Blues are finding life as Premier League champions “difficult” at the moment – as “everyone wants to kill you”.

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore is set to avoid a ban for his failed drugs test after the FA took into account his extenuating personal circumstances.

Livermore suffered from depression after the loss of his new-born baby.

He is thought to have taken the drug the evening following the inquest into his daughter’s death.

Barcelona may be handed some bad news in their bid to land former youth player Nolito as the 28-year-old winger looks set to sign an extension with Celta Vigo.

With Pedro having moved to Chelsea during the summer window, Barcelona are said to be weighing up a swoop for Leicester City attacker Riyad Mahrez as a potential replacement.

Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor will not be selected for Togo again and has been likened to a bad date after he failed to respond to a call-up.

Manchester United have reportedly received a massive number of loan offers for young striker James Wilson, with Derby County said to be the frontrunners for his signature.

Having had several bids already turned down by Everton, reports suggest Chelsea will offer 20-year-old attacker Bertrand Traore as part of their next bid to land young centre-back John Stones.

Galatasaray wants to extend Wesley Sneijder’s contract until the summer of 2018. The Dutchman’s currenyt deal expires at the end of the season.

Yoan Gouffran is set to leave Newcastle with Hull, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest all keen on the the French forward.

Reports suggest Fiorentina will make a second move for AC Milan centre-back Philippe Mexes after Silvio Berlusconi allegedly blocked a deadline day transfer from going through.

Having loaned Adnan Januzaj from Manchester United for the season, Borussia Dortmund have first refusal to sign the Belgian permanently.

Gordon Strachan, 58, is set to be offered a new deal to extend his tenure as Scotland boss.

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 19, will not be rushed into making a decision over whether to play for England or Republic of Ireland.

Juventus are ready to let Simone Zaza go in January, with Arsenal interested in the 24-year-old striker.

Arsenal centre-backs Per Mertesacker, 30, and Laurent Koscielny, 29, are on course to be fit to face Stoke this weekend.

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