Arsenal vs Leicester Players rating: Giroud & Ramsey heroes, Lacazette 1 goal, 24 to go

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Well, how about that for a start to the season?..

Jamie Vardy’s double threatened the steal the show. But it was super subs Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud who saved the day as 2015-16 champions Leicester were denied victory in a stunning curtain-raiser at the Emirates.

Arsenal took the lead after 94 seconds through new boy Alexandre Lacazette. But Shinji Okazaki was quick to reply minutes later but England striker Vardy put the Foxes ahead midway through the first half.

Danny Welbeck levelled things up before the break. But Vardy – a transfer target for Arsenal last summer – silenced the hosts when his second goal of the evening.

But then substitute Ramsey grabbed an all-important equaliser before Olivier Giroud, another player brought off the bench, sealed a a memorable opening day victory for Arsene Wenger’s men.

Our Chief Football Writer, John Cross, was at the Emirates to rate the players’ performances below..


Cech 6

Caught in no man’s land on the first, helpless on second, made some saves.

Holding 5

Looked nervy and a little shaky, not a great start to the season.

Monreal 5

Had a really bad night defensively, outjumped by Vardy on the third.

Kolasinac 6

An absolute beast but more noticeable going forward than in defence.

Bellerin 6

Questions asked on Leicester’s second, always looking to get forward.

Elneny 6

Good energetic display, provided the ball for Lacazette’s opener.

Xhaka 4

Two moments of madness, very poor, rashness of last season returned.

Oxlade-Chamberlain 7

Solid defensively, not much got past him, one of a few bright spots.

Ozil 5

Some nice touches, looked to set up chances but went missing too.

Welbeck 6

Got a precious equaliser, worked hard despite not being fully fit.

Lacazette 6

What a start. Took 82 seconds to score on his debut. Promising.


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