11
Aug

Four things we learned: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City


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Arsenal started their campaign with a thriller against Leicester City. The game had everything; early goals, late goals, disallowed penalty, debut goal, excellent performances by substitutes, Wenger out chants and tactical shifts.

Arsene Wenger’s side came out on top after trailing for most of the game. They scored when needed and kept going til the end. The reward was three points and the opportunity to set the pace for the remaining big clubs. Here’s what we took from the game.

Lacazette is worth the money

It was not just the goal that we are talking about here. The goal-machine tracked back when needed and produced some really great moments. He scored the opener, earned the corner that led to the winner with some good footwork inside the box and held his own when deployed on the left-hand side.

He looks like league-winning material and when Sanchez gets back in the team, the frontline should look lethal.

Arsenal need Mustafi and Koscielny back

Okazaki’s goal was easily avoidable and Arsenal need a vocal and able centre half to keep things going at the back. Arsenal’s defending is nothing close to what Premier League champions need to have. The trio of Holding, Monreal and Kolasinac really didn’t work. Although Kolasinac had a fairly solid game, as a trio the three failed to keep their shape and communicate. The sooner Mustafi and Koscielny return, the better. 

Ramsey will start the next game

Elneny may have flattered to deceive in the Community Shield game but his passing looked below par and once he was removed, the game changed. Ramsey’s energy changed the game for Arsenal and his composed finish midfielder triggered the Arsenal comeback. He was on the bench because of a slight knock but it looks like he and Xhaka will play an integral part in Wenger’s brigade.

Olivier Giroud makes his case

The cameras turned towards Giroud at the end of the game as Gunners fans gave a collected sigh of relief. The Frenchman once again showed his aerial ability to grab the winner and then displayed his strength as Arsenal were lacking defenders at the end of the game. When asked about his super sub status, the striker said:

“bviously I knew I was going to get a chance in coming on again…  That’s a nice start, but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch… Tonight we needed this win and everyone knows the first game is important for the confidence.”

Wenger may look opt to use Lacazette on the left and Giroud down the middle against Stoke to bully Philipp Wolscheid in the next game.


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