Cech : Arsenal's goalkeeper hails 'beautiful' Leicester game

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium
Cech : Arsenal's goalkeeper hails 'beautiful' Leicester game
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13 August, 2017

Leicester City responded with a header from Japanese Shinji Okazaki to level things up before frontman Jamie Vardy put the Foxes infront with half an hour played.

The Premier League season started in incredible fashion, with two goals in a matter of minutes after the opening whistle.

Arsenal's quickfire lead lasted barely three minutes before Marc Albrighton's cross from the left was headed back into the middle by Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire and Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

Arsene Wenger would respond by sending on by sending on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, and that proved to be an inspired decision. I thought Rob Holding might get hooked, as he's looked the most uncomfortable in an Arsenal back three that struggled collectively on the back foot throughout the first half.

"I don't know whether it was a lack of concentration or just a lack of game management in the last ten minutes, but you then concede again from a set play in terms of being overpowered". I know how important he is not only as a player - he's a fantastic player - but also in the group he has a big weight.

"I prefer to be on the pitch", the 30-year-old Giroud said, "but as much as I can I try to help the team reach its target". Giroud is in his prime, at the top of his game.

Asked if there was any update on Sanchez's situation, Wenger replied: "No".

"To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay".

Lacazette struck in victory over Leicester City on Friday.

"I love the man and the player", said Wenger.

"After that, let's take it game by game - go to Stoke - then to Liverpool, who are as well one of the teams who want to win the Premier League".

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner". But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973.

"I'm happy the goals we conceded we can work on together".


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