Full-time: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

  • 2017-18 Premier League season starts with a bang as Gunners emerge victorious from Friday night thriller at the Emirates Stadium
  • Alexandre Lacazette heads home Mohamed Elneny's cross 94 seconds into his competitive debut for Arsenal
  • Shinji Okazaki nods in equaliser less than three minutes later after good work from Harry Maguire at the back post
  • Jamie Vardy converts Marc Albrighton's inch-perfect delivery to give Leicester the lead against the run of play
  • Sead Kolasinac tees up Danny Welbeck for a simple finish on the stroke of half-time
  • An unmarked Vardy heads Riyad Mahrez's near-post corner beyond Petr Cech 10 minutes after the interval
  • Aaron Ramsey takes Granit Xhaka's clever pass in his stride before blasting home late leveller after Ozil handball is missed by referee Mike Dean
  • Fellow substitute Olivier Giroud holds off Maguire and Wes Morgan to head in winner from a corner
  • Season previews: Arsenal, Leicester
  • IBTimes UK writers reveal season predictions ahead of Premier League 2017-18 kick-off
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That is all for this particular live blog... I'm off for a well-deserved lie-down. Thanks for joining me.

IBTimes UK will be back tomorrow to bring you further live coverage of the opening weekend of the season. Watford vs Liverpool and Chelsea vs Burnley are both on the agenda for Saturday afternoon.

Until then, goodnight.


And breathe...

What an absolutely thrilling opening to the 2017-18 Premier League season. Plenty were questioning Wenger's tactical decisions tonight, but in the end his double substitution works wonders as Ramsey and Giroud both come up trumps.

Leicester more than played their part in an epic occasion and will no doubt feel aggrieved that Ozil was not whistled for handball in the build-up to the third Arsenal goal. A tremendous display from Vardy, who does not deserve to be on the losing side.



Arsenal 4-3 Leicester


Ramsey attempts to add further gloss to the scoreline but sends his latest shot wide. That will do it.


A late yellow card for Morgan is the first of the match for either side.


Five minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official. Is there another twist to come in this extraordinary tale?


Schmeichel is caught a fair distance outside of his area after a quick throw and Xhaka's long-range attempt arrows wide of an open goal.

Dean had already blown for a Leicester free-kick, so it would not have counted anyway.


Shakespeare introduces Demarai Gray with his final sub. Albrighton goes off.


Simply bonkers stuff at the Emirates.

After the impressive Lacazette shows sumptuous quick feet and forces a great reaction stop from Schmeichel, Giroud uses brute strength to hold off Maguire and Morgan and head in his 99th Arsenal goal from a corner.

Goal-line technology confirms it. The home fans erupt in jubilation.

Olivier Giroud


Goal: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester (Olivier Giroud)


Leicester get sucked in from a corner and Xhaka finds Ramsey with a clever lofted pass off the outside of his boot.

The Welsh midfielder takes a brilliant first touch before powering an effort past Schmeichel.

Was there a clear handball from Ozil in the build-up to that goal?

Aaron Ramsey


Goal: Arsenal 3-3 Leicester (Aaron Ramsey)


Leicester are battening down the hatches as we enter the final 10 minutes of the match. Vardy looks to go it alone on the break but is eventually crowded out.

Iheanacho makes his competitive debut as a late replacement for James.


Groans around the Emirates to greet a sliced drive from Oxlade-Chamberlain that flies well wide.

Lacazette and Xhaka did well to create an opportunity.


Wenger looks to his bench for the final time tonight. Theo Walcott replaces compatriot Welbeck.


Arsenal pressing hard for the equaliser now as Oxlade-Chamberlain's deflected low shot whizzes past the far post and Ozil drills an effort into the side netting.

15 minutes left for Leicester to hold on.


Looking to shore up his midfield, Shakespeare sends on Daniel Amartey in place of Okazaki.


Arsenal now appear to be operating with a flat back four that has two full-backs in Monreal and Kolasinac anchoring the middle. Bellerin and Oxlade-Chamberlain are playing as more conventional full-backs.

Some interesting tactical decisions from Wenger this evening to say the least.


Ozil scuffs a shot into Maguire after being found by Lacazette. That particular effort looked to be going wide anyway.


Lacazette again looks to make a nuisance of himself down that left-hand channel. He pulls the ball back for Xhaka and the Swiss international drives a difficult volley into the ground.

Easy work for Schmeichel.


Almost an immediate contribution from Ramsey, who nods wide under serious pressure from Fuchs.

It was a good cross from Lacazette, who now appears to be playing on the left-hand side with Giroud through the middle.


Wenger decides on a double change in an attempt to rescue the situation. Elneny makes way from Ramsey and Olivier Giroud replaces Holding.


More slick attacking football from Arsenal. Welbeck releases Bellerin, but the Spaniard is denied by a confident save from Schmeichel.