Shakespeare confident key Leicester players will stay

Martin Keown

Martin Keown

Arsenal's new signing Alexandre Lacazette scored in just 94 seconds to give Arsenal an early lead but Leicester responded in best way as Shinji Okazaki scored the equalising goal couple of minutes later and soon Jamie Vardy gave Leicester the lead.

But the Gunners rallied right until the very end and substitutesRamsey and iroud turned the game on its head in the final 10 minutes. "We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that", Wenger said after the victory.

Wenger, who has repeatedly insisted the Chile worldwide will stay in north London, was eager to stress that Sanchez's absence from training was due to an abdominal strain he picked up before the game against Chelsea in the Community Shield. "It's a long time since we had so much quality [in attack]".

It's only the second time in eight seasons that Arsene Wenger's side have secured three points in their opening fixture.

The aforementioned trio were pictured training with the rest of the first-team and are likely to be involved in the match day squad for the first league game of the season.

Both Ozil and Sanchez have under a year remaining on their contract's with Arsenal.

Wenger pointed to the goal ratio of his Lacazette, who averaged a goal every 86 minutes last season.

Within three minutes Leicester were level.

"Going forward and character wise we have been great".

Granit Xhaka's sloppy pass was picked up by Albrighton and he forged down the left flank before bending a sublime cross into the danger area that Vardy converted.

Wenger is quoted as saying by Goal: "We were never close [to signing Mahrez]".

Just before the break, after a shot by Lacazette was blocked, defender Sead Kolasinac directed a ball squarely into the Leicester box for Danny Welbeck to tap in.

Substitute Aaron Ramsey rifled home the key goal to bring Arsenal level before Giroud - introduced alongside the Wales global - headed in an 85th-minute victor to settle a breathless encounter in Arsenal's favour.

But Arsenal's defence, with essentially two full-backs playing in their back three, were soon caught out having been given a warning when want-away Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez volleyed wide.