Arsenal vs Leicester City

Mourinho Man Utd having conversations over Ibrahimovic return

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has told Arsene Wenger he'd like to be starting more games after netting a late victor in tonight's 4-3 thriller against Leicester City.

Arsenal host Leicester City on Friday night, marking the first time in league history the season's first match won't be played on a Saturday.

But after Giroud's second-half introduction, his 85th-minute header proved decisive, grabbing Arsenal a vital three points.

The two sides went into the break level as Danny Welbeck scored on the stroke of half-time with a neat finish.

Still, not the ideal start for Shakespeare as a manager who has spent plenty of cash ahead of first full season in charge in the Premier League.

Sanchez has one year left on his current contract but Arsene Wenger has said that last season's top scorer will be at the club this season, even if there is no progress on an extension to his deal.

With this match, the English top-flight season will begin on a Friday for the first time in its 129-year history.

There is so much Nigerian interests attached to this game with at least three Nigerians expected to taste action.

City approach for Busquets?
We have to deal with that and handle that. "City are probably not going to know as much about us as we do about them. As he would nearly any team in world football , Busquets could improve the engine room of City's side.

Arsenal would hold on to secure an incredible victory in a magnificently entertaining season opener.

Lacazette, a £52m signing from Lyon, showed wonderful poise, technique and power to divert Mohamed Elneny's cross past Kasper Schmeichel with his head.

Key Player: Alexandre Lacazette - There is pressure on Arsenal's marquee signing to score the goals to push them towards the title.

Leicester re-took the lead on 58 minutes, with Vardy heading home Riyad Mahrez's corner.

Wenger said he gave Giroud the option to leave for another club this summer in search of more regular playing time but was thrilled when the striker chose to stay.

"I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and now Jack Wilshere back". Because I know how important he is, not only as a player - he is a fantastic player - but as well in the group.

Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Mahrez, James (Iheanacho, min. 82), Ndidi, Albrighton (Gray, min. 88); Okazaki (Amartey, min. 72), Vardy. Harry Maguire, another debutant, headed the ball back in for his new team-mate who beat Granit Xhaka to head home easily.

"But we're not going to be too downhearted".

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