But Leicester couldn't resist a relentless final 15 minutes from Wenger's side, and Giroud's win was a cruel blow to a side that had offered so much to an exhilarating 90 minutes. 4-3, min. 85, Giroud.
Wenger, facing vast pressure for going over a dozen years without winning the league, used some ballsy tactics, starting one center back (Rob Holding) in a 3-4-3 formation.
The home side got off to the best possible start when new signing, Alexandre Lacazette, put the Gunners 1-0 to the good after just two minutes with a tidy headed finish.
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And he said reports linking Arsenal to Leicester's Riyad Mahrez have been exaggerated.
Positioned in between the two Foxes centre-backs, the Frenchman expertly guided Mohamed Elneny's driven pass/cross past the outstretched dive of Kasper Schmeichel to become the fifth player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal under Wenger. So this will mean, they could concentrate on the Premier League this season.it will be a big boost if the club could convince Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new contracts too.
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Arsenal had seen nearly 75% of the ball in the first 20 minutes and Welbeck had Arsenal's best chance since Lacazette's opener.
After being knocked down, Leicester got right back up with a second Vardy goal to take the 3-2 lead.
That was met with optimism but only for two minutes as Okazaki's header brought the Foxes level.
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. Wanting an offside call, the Leicester defense nearly all simultaneously stop and raised their arms.
Vardy scored his first goal against the run of play in the 29th minute to give Leicester its first lead of the season and a brief stint at the top of the table. A corner kick from Ozil proved futile and the rebound fell to Xhaka who saw the raised hand of Ramsey - calmly making a delightful pass to the Welshman to brilliantly score a nice equaliser for the Gunners in the 83 minute.
Trailing 2-3, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger substituted Giroud and Aaron Ramsey for Elneny and Rob Holding, respectively, while Leicester City's Craig Shakespeare pulled Okazaki in favour of defensive midfielder Daniel Amartey.
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