SunSport reveals five things we learnt from Arsenal’s thrilling win against league rivals Leicester at the Emirates
OLIVIER GIROUD was the hero for Arsenal as he popped up with a late winner against Leicester at the Emirates.
The Gunners took an early lead through new signing Alexandre Lacazette but were made to pay by the sublime Jamie Vardy, who grabbed a brace before seeing Ramsey equalise and Giroud nab the winner with minutes remaining.
Here, SunSport reveals five things we learnt from the thrilling clash in north London.
Arsenal’s big-money summer signing arrived with a big reputation after blitzing the goalscoring charts in Ligue 1 for Lyon.
Some questioned whether a man who plays second fiddle to Olivier Giroud in the French national set-up could handle the pressure of playing in the physical Premier League.
But Lacazette needed just two minutes to score on his Emirates debut and looked fairly comfortable throughout as he survived Leicester’s rough-and-tumble approach to the game.
The Gunners famously ditched their traditional four-man defence for a 3-4-3 system late on last season.
It propelled them to an FA Cup win and also secured Europa League football – as well as a new contract for Arsene Wenger.
But without the right personnel it just doesn’t work, and Nacho Monreal was unable to forge a solid relationship with Sead Kolasinac and Rob Holding as Arsenal were split wide open by Jamie Vardy’s darting runs.
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It’s a new season for the Foxes, with Craig Shakespeare earning his permanent deal and bringing in a number of exciting new signings.
There’s no title tag to live up to this time around, and it means Leicester can finally remove the shackles and produce the kind of football that saw them dominate in Claudio Ranieri’s first season.
A repeat of that campaign is highly unlikely, but the Foxes proved they still have the ability to make life uncomfortable for the teams at the top.
England’s former favourite son was in impeccable form as he struck twice to hurt Arsenal in their north London home.
The hungry attitude and desire that led Leicester to their famous title triumph was plain for all to see as Vardy charged around the pitch, making life misery for Arsenal’s shambolic defence.
And with Kelechi Iheanacho now on board to help out in the final third, it could just be Vardy’s season yet again.
HIS future was up in the air when Lacazette joined, with Everton and Marseille readying bids.
But the decision to keep Olivier Giroud at the Emirates has been a great one from Arsene Wenger.
The big targetman has rescued the Gunners on numerous occasions, but his late winner tonight may just prove to be the best of the bunch yet.