How good is it to have proper football back?
The first Premier League game of the 2017/18 season got off to the most entertaining start possible at the Emirates.
Alexandre Lacazette needed just 94 seconds to score his first goal in English league football when he expertly steered a header past Kasper Schmeichel.
Mohamed Elneny repaid Arsene Wenger’s faith by providing the assist with a beautiful cross into the Frenchman.
Gunners fans erupted with joy at the storybook start but the celebrations didn’t last long.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s lack of match fitness meant he started on the bench for visitors Leicester and gave Shinji Okazaki a chance to prove himself as Jamie Vardy’s partner up top.
And boy did the Japanese international take his opportunity.
Three minutes after Lacazette’s opener, Okazaki headed home from close range after Harry Magurie did well to keep Marc Albrighton’s cross in play.
Then one of the Premier League’s most notorious characters doubled Wenger’s woes.
Granit Xhaka played a superb pass to the Invisible Man which led to Albrighton surging down the left before delivering a superb cross for Jamie Vardy.
The Foxes’ party boy made no mistake with the finish to leave the Emirates stunned.
Seconds before the interval Danny Welbeck made it 2-2 when Lacazette’s half-blocked shot trickled into the path of Saed Kolasinac.
The Bosnian defender selflessly squared the ball to Welbeck who finished despite pressure from Schmeichel.
Neutral fans were thankful for the two sides providing a thrilling introduction to the new season but for Arsenal fans the opening exchanges felt very familiar…
And so on and so forth.
Strap in lads, we’re in for a cracking season.
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