Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

This interview between Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker is something special

This interview between Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker is something special

But Ozil returned to training this week and is expected to feature in the opening Premier League game of the season tonight (7.45pm United Kingdom time) when Arsenal host Leicester.

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to head a late victor after Aaron Ramsey had brought Arsenal level at 3-3 following a Jamie Vardy double for the visitors.

Alexandre Lacazette got his and Arsenal's season off to the ideal start with a debut goal in the first two minutes.

Following Danny Welbeck's leveller in first-half stoppage time, another corner yielded Leicester's third goal as Riyad Mahrez's cross was headed home by Vardy.

Wenger revealed the 28-year-old will miss the first couple of weeks of the Premier League season, which includes matches against Leicester City and Stoke City, due to an abdominal problem.

Wenger, who signed a new two-year deal at the club, insists the victory at Wembley has strengthened the confidence in his squad but has warned against complacency when they take on Leicester after a number of opening day set-backs in recent seasons.

"Insecurity goes quickly through a team and we had many experienced defenders out tonight - Koscielny, Mustafi, Mertesacker".

France striker Giroud netted a dramatic victor less than two minutes later when the 30-year-old rose above the Leicester defence to secure three points.

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Lacazette converted his first chance in the Premier League, heading home Mohamed Elneny's inch-perfect cross to send the home fans into raptures.

Even though they showcased most of their flaws on Friday, you can't fault the spirit of Arsene Wenger's men.

Arsene Wenger is hopeful new signing Alexandre Lacazette can follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and transfer his sensational goalscoring ratio into the Premier League.

The forward's header was too accurate for Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and landed right into the corner of the Foxes net.

The Bosnian unselfishly squared to Welbeck to force the ball past Schmeichel for a much-needed league goal - having only scored two in an injury-hit 2016-17 season.

"I opened the door for him at some stage as I had many strikers and it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go". "They are players with a special mentality and I did not know whether he wanted to move or not". "We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", he said.

"It will be interesting to see how he interacts with Jamie Vardy".

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