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Leicester's Vardy blames 'lapses in concentration' for Arsenal defeat

Leicester's Vardy blames 'lapses in concentration' for Arsenal defeat

Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud came off the bench to rescue Arsenal a 4-3 win over Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season on Friday night.

The game was a real thriller, as Arsenal came back from being down 2-1 and 3-2. The Gunners led early through new signing Alexandre Lacazette, but soon found themselves trailing for much of the match.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay".

Players were given a chance to breathe for a bit until Leicester struck again 20 minutes later.

Giroud appears willing - if a little reluctantly - to accept his role as an understudy to Lacazette.

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger since he joined us", said Wenger, who had seen his side lose at home in three of their previous four opening league fixtures.

"You know, I must say I opened the door for him at some stage because I know that it's important for him to play".

Champions Chelsea reduced to nine and beaten 3-2 by Burnley
Had Morata not touched a goal-bound Christensen shot over the line five minutes later, it would have been 3-2 sooner. But Rooney ended a scrappy first half when he headed in to mark his Goodison homecoming in the best possible style.

Vardy terrorised a makeshift Arsenal defence throughout but was left to reflect on a last-gasp loss to the Gunners in north London for the third time in as many seasons.

Leicester have since levelled the scores to 1-1 with Shinji Okazaki scoring just 160 seconds after Arsenal took the lead. From af another corner, Leicester regained the lead after Vardy headed in the go-ahead goal.

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a ball we lost in the build-up and we conceded two goals on corners". What the game was, though, is a reminder that beyond the incessant transfer rumours and long, moody shots of Arsene Wenger staring into nothingness awaits the adrenaline rush that only a good game of football can give. We have a game backed on mobility and technique and I think he can integrate that well.

Arsenal stepped up their preparations in training Thursday as they get ready to take on Leicester City in their Premier League curtain raiser against Leicester City tonight.

Craig Shakespeare's side boasted numerous players, and characteristics, that saw them shock the world to win the title in 2015/16.

"I love the man and the player", Wenger told Sky Sports.


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