Arsenal won just their second opening fixture in the last eight years

Arsenal won just their second opening fixture in the last eight years, they were pushed all the way by the Foxes, who had led twice during a frenetic evening at the Emirates Stadium.

 Arsenal won just their second opening fixture in the last eight years

Alexandre Lacazette marked his Arsenal league debut with a goal in 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level less than three minutes later.

Jamie Vardy then struck twice either side of Welbeck’s equalizer as the Foxes looked set for a first league win over Arsenal since 1983.

But it was not to be as substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Giroud struck late on to seal a remarkable three points for Wenger’s side.

Now the Arsene Wenger wants the difficult nature of the win to act as a reminder of how tough the division can be.

“I felt that to lose tonight would have been terrible for us because we had such good preparation and to sit there in the morning and think we had lost at home would have been terrible,” he said.

“It is a relief and I believe as well a reminder to the players that they have hurdles on the way and that we can get around it, like tonight so that is quite positive.

“After that, let’s take it game by game – go to Stoke – then to Liverpool, who are as well one of the teams who want to win the Premier League.

“To win like we did will only strengthen it and overall we have good ingredients in the squad and it is a good opportunity again to show it away from home.”

Arsenal next game will be against Stoke City next weekend.

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