Drama At The Emirates As Arsenal Beat Leicester In Seven-Goal Thriller

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"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay".

The Gunners had won just one of their last seven opening-day fixtures and looked destined to start another campaign slowly as the 2015/16 champions took the lead twice, only to lose 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium. I opened the door for him because I know I had many strikers.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", said Wenger.

"Kolasinac is a versatile player", Wenger added. I wanted first for him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture. I had not chose to stay or to go.

"The first goal is on a short corner, we were not focused enough". We can't wait to see where the league goes from here.

"With Lacazette it is simple", Wenger said.

But Ozil returned to training this week and is expected to feature in the opening Premier League game of the season tonight (7.45pm United Kingdom time) when Arsenal host Leicester.

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Vardy put the visitors 2-1 ahead just before the half hour, darting into the box to rifle another fine Albrighton cross past Cech after the winger had pounced on a poor square ball from Arsenal midfielder Mezut Ozil.

Mahrez saw an effort tipped over by Cech as Leicester looked to regain their advantage - something they did from the resulting corner as Vardy, completely unmarked, headed home the Algerian's set-piece.

But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equaliser and Giroud notching the victor two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line.

The Arsenal netminder was caught in no man's land for Leicester's opener as Okazaki sent a looping header into the net. But the 31-year-old Shinji Okazaki was quick to even the score within minutes with a timely assist from Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire. "But we have all the other players prepared in pre-season and they are all ready". "We were a threat and played football and contributed to a thoroughly entertaining game".

But Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare also struck a bullish note in his pre-match press conference despite the fact he'll be without the injured Vicente Iborra, Danny Drinkwater and Robert Huth.

Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from Arsenal with the arrival of fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

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