2017-18 EPL season starts with seven-goal Arsenal-Leicester thriller
Aug 13 2017 by Marjorie Miles
Tottenham - It looks like a mistake that it hasn't strengthened its squad, though perhaps it still will before the season kicks off. Spurs had a terrific campaign last season and had it been any other season they would have won it.
Giroud had been seriously considering his future following the £52 million club record signing of Alexandre Lacazette and Wenger's certainty but has been persuaded to stay in what is now a "super sub" role. Yet somehow they still grabbed all three points to keep the feel-good factor intact. Leicester's 3rd goal came from another cross into the box that no one, including Cech, came out to meet. Central midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka were nervous on the ball and slack in possession to gift Leicester the ball in risky positions time and time again.
"It will be interesting to see how he interacts with Jamie Vardy".
If going by both side's pre-season results, then the overriding feeling before kick-off would have been that the hosts would get off to a flying start. However, Leicester could prove to be tough opposition, especially if Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are out, as expected.
There were glimpses that this season will be about much more than just settling for midtable obscurity for Leicester.
Granit Xhaka's sloppy pass was picked up by Albrighton and he forged down the left flank before bending a sublime cross into the danger area that Vardy tapped home.
Danny Welbeck almost finished off an attacking move for Arsenal after a few one-touch exchanges with Mesut Ozil but his shot was blocked by Harry Maguire.
"Yes. Because look at what City have done".
"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. They've already got off to a good start with a 1-0 win in the Europa League.
It was striker's first shot for his new club and he now becomes just seventh Arsenal player to score on his debut.
'There are still a lot of positives to take out of the game, scoring three goals away from home is one.