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.

EPL Results

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium to, at least temporarily, move top of the Premier League.
City dropped points in midweek when they were held to a goalless draw by Everton, but Manuel Pellegrini’s side suffered no such problems in finding a breakthrough against Palace.
Fabian Delph put the hosts ahead in the 22nd minute with a long-range effort which Wayne Hennessey ought to have saved, but there was little the Eagles goalkeeper could do to stop Aguero making it 2-0 five minutes before half-time with a strike which deflected in off Scott Dann.
Aguero then finished off an excellent team move also involving David Silva, Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne in the 68th minute before unselfishly setting up David Silva to complete the scoring six minutes from time.

John Terry’s equaliser deep into added time atoned for his earlier own goal and earned Chelsea a 3-3 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge.
Ramiro Funes Mori’s late goal appeared to have earned the Toffees a first league win at Stamford Bridge in 21 years, but Terry flicked in on his 700th club appearance.
Terry’s own goal and a Kevin Mirallas strike put Everton 2-0 up, but Chelsea scored twice in quick succession to restore parity.
A howler from Tim Howard allowed Diego Costa to net and Cesc Fabregas’ deflected strike levelled matters.
Worse was to follow for Chelsea when Costa limped off and Funes Mori turned in fellow substitute Gerard Deulofeu’s cross.
But Terry converted after a late bombardment, to the fury of the visitors after seven minutes’ stoppage time had been signalled by the fourth official, to earn a scarcely-believable point.
Chelsea are now unbeaten in seven since Jose Mourinho’s departure, with Guus Hiddink avoiding a first loss of his second spell in caretaker charge.

A Christian Eriksen brace saw Tottenham come from behind to beat struggling Sunderland 4- 1 and reaffirm their own top-four Premier League ambitions.
Sam Allardyce’s side took the lead through Patrick van Aanholt’s second goal in a week.
But Eriksen levelled just 91 seconds later before Mousa Dembele put Spurs ahead after the break, with Eriksen’s second and a Harry Kane penalty – the first deflected off Sunderland debutant Jan Kirchhoff, who then conceded the spot-kick – wrapping up a 4-1 victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Bournemouth recorded the biggest win of their short Premier League tenure after cruising to a 3-0 victory against Norwich City.
Dan Gosling opened the scoring for the home side with 10 minutes gone before Charlie Daniels converted from the spot shortly after half-time.
Benik Afobe, Bournemouth’s record signing, then opened his account for the club following a cool finish with 15 minutes remaining.

Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum scored as Newcastle United beat West Ham 2-1 at St James’ Park to move out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Debutant Jonjo Shelvey turned in just the kind of performance which convinced the Magpies to spend £12million to sign him from Swansea City, but he could face retrospective action over an off-the-ball body-check on Hammers striker Enner Valencia which did not appear to be spotted by referee Neil Swarbrick.
Wijnaldum’s goal – the Dutchman’s ninth of the season – proved enough to secure a first win in seven games in all competitions and condemn the visitors to a first defeat in 10.
West Ham’s half-time substitute Nikica Jelavic scored to half the deficit.

James Ward-Prowse scored twice as Southampton beat West Brom 3-0 at St Mary’s to climb into the top half of the Premier League.
Saints splashed out £4million to sign Charlie Austin from QPR on Saturday morning in a bid to pep up their misfiring attack.
And just a couple of hours later Austin watched from the stands as Saints rediscovered their goalscoring touch in a comfortable victory.
England Under-21 midfielder Ward-Prowse was an unlikely goal hero, having previously scored just once in the Premier League.
But he doubled that tally with just five minutes on the clock after Craig Dawson fouled Saido Mane on the corner of the penalty area.
Tadic was introduced from the bench shortly after the hour mark and got on the scoresheet just eight minutes later.

Aston Villa fought back to earn a 1-1 draw against Leicester City, who moved back to the top of the Premier League with the point at Villa Park.
Shinji Okazaki put Leicester ahead in the 28th minute with a close-range which had to be confirmed by goal-line technology, but Riyad Mahrez missed the chance to make it 2-0 five minutes later when his penalty kick was saved by Mark Bunn after Aly Cissokho had handled his shot.
The save lifted the Villa fans and players, who earned themselves a deserved share of the spoils when substitute Rudy Gestede fired in via a deflection

Tottenham Hotspur 4 – 1 Sunderland
FC Bournemouth 3 – 0 Norwich City
Chelsea 3 – 3 Everton
Manchester City 4 – 0 Crystal Palace
Newcastle United 2 – 1 West Ham United
Southampton 3 – 0 West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa 1 – 1 Leicester City

World Cup Qualification Results: Asia – AFC

Jordan's Hamza Al Daradreh earned his team a penalty and scored the second goal against Australia
Jordan’s Hamza Al Daradreh earned his team a penalty and scored the second goal against Australia

Group A

Saudi Arabia lead Group A after a 2-1 win at home over the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi scoring twice to rally his side to victory.

A stoppage-time goal from Ahmed Abu Nahyeh gave Palestine a 1-1 draw against East Timor. Ramon Saro had put East Timor ahead.

Group B

Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0, and move to the top of Group B.

Hassan Abdel Fattah blasted a penalty high into the net after a Matthew Spiranovic foul in the area.

Hamza Al Daradreh sealed the win for the hosts, who also defeated the Socceroos in qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

The result, in front of a passionate home crowd in Amman, gave Jordan a one point lead over the Socceroos with four games remaining.

The match between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan ended in a 2-2 draw.

Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov and Anton Zemlyanukhin (penalty) scored for Kyrgyzstan, while Dzhakhongir Dzhalilov and Farkhod Vasiev scored for Tajikistan.

Group C

Maldives ran out to a four-goal lead and held off Bhutan to win 4-3.

Qatar also maintained maximum points with a 1-0 win over China, to move five points clear of the visitors.

Group D

Turkmenistan defeated India 2-1.

Iran and Oman played a 1-1 draw.

Iran’s Jalal Hosseini scored in the 70th minute to cancel out Eid Al-Farsi’s opener, but Iran could not find a winner.

Group E

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals as Japan beat Syria 3-0 in Oman, where Syria plays its home games for security reasons, to take top spot in Group E.

The win puts Japan a point clear of Syria and two ahead of Singapore, who had a 1-0 win over Afghanistan.

Group F

Iraq needed an injury-time penalty from Younis Mahmoud to salvage a 1-1 draw in Vietnam and move two points behind Group F leader Thailand.

Group G

A first half header from Koo Ja-cheol gave South Korea a 1-0 win in Kuwait to make it four wins from four in Group G.

The Taeguk Warriors were missing injured Premier League stars Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace’s Lee Chung-yong.

Lebanon recorded a 2-0 victory at Myanmar.

Group H

North Korea’s winning streak in World Cup qualifying came to an end with a 0-0 draw against the Philippines.

The North Koreans lead Group H with 10 points from four game but are just a point clear of Uzbekistan who won 4-0 in Bahrain.

Group A

Timor-Leste 1 – 1 Palestine

Saudi Arabia 2 – 1 U.A.E.

Group B

Jordan 2 – 0 Australia

Kyrgyzstan 2 – 2 Tajikistan

Group C

Bhutan 3 – 4 Maldives

Qatar 1 – 0 China

Group D

Turkmenistan 2 – 1 India

Oman 1 – 1 Iran

Group E

Singapore 1 – 0 Afghanistan

Syria 0 – 3 Japan

Group F

Vietnam 1 – 1 Iraq

Group G

Myanmar 0 – 2 Lebanon

Kuwait 0 – 1 South Korea

Group H

North Korea 0 – 0 Philippines

Bahrain 0 – 4 Uzbekistan

The top team from each of the eight groups and the best four second-place teams advance to the next round of qualifying.