Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City.
Yes you read that right, Jamie Vardy IS having a party. No it isn’t the 2015/2016 Premier League season. Arsenal came out firing (haha puns), Lacazette headed in a goal within 2 minutes of his Premier League debut (boy he will be glad to get that one off his back).
However, Arsenal’s lead didn’t last too long, Shinji Okazaki equalized with a header of his own in the 5th minute. Arsenal had to deal with the old school Sunday League-esq through balls to Vardy before he finally broke through and got his goal in the 29th minute. #VardyParty
Arsenal looked woeful, 40 minutes in and around 3000 people had already tweeted Wenger Out on the social media platform. Wenger out is still trending in India (where I am based). As things stand we have around 42 thousand tweets regarding Wenger.
Stoppage time and we finally see what this Arsenal team can do, I said this in my season preview post, Kolasinac is a massive player for them, just look at this composure to set up Danny Welbeck for his first goal of the season.
The second half began with more of the same back and forth, until the 56th minute with a Jamie Vardy goal yet again. At this point the Wenger Out camp was in full voice, booing every misplaced pass and letting their frustration be known. Rob Holding, having a game to forget was subbed off, showing how weak the Arsenal squad really is, they have the following players in defense- Monreal, Kolasinac, Bellerin and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Yes, 3 wing backs and the Ox. Not a single center back on the pitch. However, the double change brought on Oliver Giroud and Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal had officially thrown caution to the wind. They pushed and pushed, and Aaron Ramsey had it in the 83rd Minute from Xhaka, albeit a slight suspicion of hand ball in the build up to the goal. Less than 2 minutes from then, Giroud scored from a Xhaka corner and got the lead back. WOW. The comeback was complete. #WengerIn? Ozil running down every ball at the end of the game, even with the offside flag up shows his intent and that he wants to still play at the Emirates. The game had more back and forth than a political election cycle, each team deserved a point but at the end Arsenal came out on top. Obviously, there was controversy, Ozil had seemed to use his hand in the build up to the last Arsenal goal and could be debated.
At the end of it all, Arsenal need to do better, they need defensive reinforcement, they need backup. Xhaka and Kolasinac are going to be big players this season for the Gunners. To say they deserved the victory would be a massive stretch, 70% possession but Leicester needed just the 30% to expose Arsenal’s back line.
Leicester should be pleased with their performance, they were most certainly hard done by and should have had at least a point out of this game. Vardy scoring two in the first game of the season, away to Arsenal is massive news for Craig Shakespeare as he is going to need that man to be on top of his game if he wants to avoid the sack. Leicester’s new signing, Harry Maguire had a solid outing as well picking up one assist.
Man of The Match
Even though he ended up on the loosing side, my Man of the Match has to be Jamie Vardy, two goals in his first game of the season, solid performance. I also think Xhaka deserves a special shout out for a fantastic shift in the second half, getting himself 2 assists.
Arsenal are away to Stoke next on the 19th of August, a game that traditionally is tough for the Gunners, with 3 wins, a loss and a draw in their last 5 meetings, I do expect Arsenal to win that game, however, it remains to be seen if they make it difficult for themselves or not.
The Foxes are home to newly promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on the 19th of August, a game that is their first ever head 2 head game in the Premier League, Brighton are going to have a tough time with that fixture and I see Leicester winning their first game of the season against them.
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