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Arsenal beats Leicester 4-3 in thrilling Premier League opener

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"It's a long time since we so much quality", Wenger said.

For the first time in more than two decades, Arsenal are heading into a new season without the Champions League campaign to contend with.

Will the Gunners be able to challenge for the title this season? We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game.

The Arsenal subs proved super subs as they inflicted defeat on Leicester. Ramsey scored in the 83rd minute, to restore parity at 3-3, followed by Olivier Giroud, who headed in the winning goal in the 85th minute, raising the roof at the Emirates.

It was an incredible escape act from Arsenal, but Giroud claimed his team, who dominated possession and peppered the Leicester goal, never doubted they would hit back.

Sanchez led Arsenal with 24 goals last season, and was the only Premier League player to reach double figures in both goals and assists (10).

Albrighton crossed for Jamie Vardy to put Leicester ahead after Xhaka had gifted the ball straight to him.

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"Giroud? He's fantastic", Wenger said of the France worldwide, who usually started on the bench last season and had been linked with a move away from The Emirates. "We were able to buy Kyle and there are other English players I'd like to have but we are so happy with what we've done".

The response, however, was exactly what manager Craig Shakespeare would have been hoping for.

Benjamin Mendy and Ilkay Gundogan are on the road to recovery but neither will be available for Manchester City's first game of the season at Brighton this weekend. "I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group".

"We're gonna win the league!" sang the Leicester fans and they nearly had a third goal to cheer when Okazaki's header from Christian Fuchs's cross bounced just wide of Cech's left-hand post. During most of the game, the team's defence left much to be desired - that Vardy managed get past six defenders to score his second goal is testament to that. Late Welsh equalizers and meaty French foreheads somehow have Arsenal at the top of the league.

The Foxes finished 12th a year ago, and they're hoping for better this time around.

It looked bad for quite a while but Arsenal did come good and we broke the opening day run.

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