Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac handed Premier League debuts by Arsenal

Esther Moore
August 13, 2017

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez will miss Arsenal's first game of the season at home to Leicester City due to an abdominal strain picked up in training, which also caused him to miss the Gunners' Community Shield clash on Sunday.

Arsenal host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium tonight in the 2017-18 Premier League season's opening game.

Record signing Alexander Lacazette opened his account within two minutes of the kick-off, but the home side's lead was nearly immediately rubbed out as Shinji Okazaki equalised minutes later before Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front after half an hour.

The Gunners were a goal up inside two minutes as Alexandre Lacazette scored on debut with only his second touch of the game - heading in Mohamed Elneny's cross.

ARSENAL are confident Mesut Ozil is on the verge of committing his future to Arsenal by signing a new contract. Arsenal were shell shocked.

Tomorrow morning (Singapore time) will bring a fresh round of challenges for Wenger as his side take on Leicester City in their opening EPL fixture.

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"It's an fantastic opportunity for him", he said.

Arsenal didn't learn from their mistakes and were behind again 10 minutes into the second half.

Arsenal had been quiet since Vardy's goal but they were to go in at the break on level terms after a frenetic first half. With no European football this year, Leicester can focus on the Premier League, but they've got a tough task in front of them to start the year at Arsenal.

He showed the confidence to slalom through Leicester's defence deep inside their box, and got off a poweful shot, which Schmeichel did well to deflect over. The rebound fell to Lacazette but Arsenal's record signing was ruled offside.

Lacazette slipped as he went to turn and shoot and scuffed his shot to Kolasinac, who found himself one on one with Schmeichel. Aaron Ramsey almost scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute but Christian Fuchs made sure to pressure him into a mistake. Shinji Okazaki was the initial beneficiary with a fifth-minute equaliser.

Seemed as if we were headed for some extra time in the opener possibly, however, Olivier Giroud was having none of that. Jamie Vardy has now scored five goals against Arsenal and is still yet to be on the winning side.

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