11 August 2017

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester: Vote for Player Ratings/MOTM!

Talk about a sloppy, stirring start to the Prem season! Seven goals scored, and furious flurry from the Arsenal to claw back from a late 2-3 deficit to obliterate Leicester's hopes of a famous away-win. Lacazette opened inside of three minutes only to see Okazaki level, then Vardy put Leicester ahead. This is after just 29 minutes. Welbeck found another equalizer in stoppage time before the half, but Vardy struck again. That one looked to be the winner as Leicester withdrew almost everyone to defend the box. However, late goals from Ramsey and then Giroud came within two minutes to make it 4-3. It was a mess, but our lads refused to give up. Well, enough blather. Get down to the poll and rate their efforts!

Mahrez prepares his Arsenal audition as Arsène looks on...

And so it begins. From winning the FA Cup to winning the Community Shield defeating Chelsea each time we now embark on a Prem campaign with a bit of momentum, if not confidence. To open against Leicester only exacerbates the nerves, and, when you look at the 2017/18 Premier League betting odds, you'll notice that Arsenal aren't considered challengers. Most punters pick us to finish fifth, no higher. Yes, it's been nice to add Lacazette and Kolašinac, but there's been more talk around Mahrez joining Arsenal than about the actual opening of the season. So it goes. Will this be Mahrez's audition? There is still time enough in the transfer-window to consummate. For now, though, the more-pressing matter is to start the campaign properly. With that in mind, nothing less than a proper battering of the Foxes will do.