Arsenal edge thrilling match at the Emirates to earn victory on opening day
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Well that's all we have time for unfortunately. Let's hope the Premier League continues in this vain tomorrow. Be sure to stick with us at VAVEL UK for a bumper weekend of football. I have been Daniel Orme taking you through Arsenal's 4-3 win over Leicester City - it has been a pleasure. I'm going for a lie down.

FT Leicester's terrible record against the Gunners continues. They looked good value for their lead but Wenger's changes turned the game completely on its head.

FT Well it seems have FINALLY found some character. They were made to work for that.

FT There are positives to take for Leicester after that despite the gut-wrenching result. There have been worse opening days.

FT What a dramatic game. Arsenal opened the scoring through Alexandre Lacazette before Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki netted to flip the game on its head. Danny Welbeck equalised before the interval and then Leicester went 3-2 up through Vardy's second goal. The Gunners then snatched the win from the former Premier League champions through goals from Ramsey and Giroud.

FT Well, the Premier League is well and truly back. Arsenal get the better of Leicester with an odd goal in seven. 4-3 from the capital.

90+4' Booking for Leicester. Wes Morgan gets a yellow card.

90' FIVE minutes stoppage time. Leicester need to react now.

87' Demarai Gray replaces Marc Albrighton in Leicester's final change.

85' Giroud flicks an exquisite header beyond Schmeichel and finds the net! What drama at the Emirates!


83' Aaron Ramsey takes well at the back post and thunders home to equalise late for the Gunners.


82' Kelechi Iheanacho is coming on for his Leicester City debut. He replaces Matty James.

80' Going into the final ten minutes. Can Arsenal find an equaliser? Can Leicester hold out for a huge win?

75' Final substitution for Wenger as he searches for an equaliser. Theo Walcott replaces Danny Welbeck.

74' So close to an equaliser for Arsenal. Oxlade-Chamberlain just flashes a show wide of the post. You can breathe, Leicester fans.

72' First change for Leicester. Daniel Amartey replaces Shinji Okazaki.

68' Instant chance for the hosts. Ramsey just nods wide of the post.

67' Double substitution for the Gunners. Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey replace Rob Holding and Mohamed Elneny.

63' Important block from Schmeichel as he gets out well to block a Bellerin shot. Painful one in the nether regions for the Dane.

56' Mahrez launches a wicked corner into the Arsenal box and Vardy nods home to notch his second goal of the game! 2-3!


55' Another good save from Cech. Mahrez dances on the edge of the area and unleashes a great shot which the stopper just tips over.

52' Good chance for Leicester. Vardy goes clear with a Mahrez pass but Cech is out well to foil him. The striker only needed to knock it past the 'keeper to have an open goal.

45' The ball is rolling again - Leicester getting us going.

Half-time: The players are back out and we are ready to go. Just about recovered from that first half...

Half-time: What would you say in the dressing rooms if you were Arsene Wenger or Craig Shakespeare?

Half-time: Well, what a fantastic start to the new season - it's all square at the Emirates. Lacazette netted on his debut for the Gunners before Okazaki and Vardy flipped the game on its head. Welbeck then struck in the last second of the half to make it 2-2.

45+2' Welbeck stabs home to equalise for the Gunners on the stroke of half time.


45' Two minutes injury time at the Emirates.

44' Another great cross from Albrighton. Corner to the Foxes.

42' Succession for the Gunners here. They need to react before the interval.

38' Free kick in a dangerous position for Wenger's men. Just left of centre, 30 yards out. Blocked.

33' Close from Leicester again. Fuchs crosses to Okazaki and his header just bobbles wide.

29' Albrighton collects a loose Arsenal pass and produces a teasing cross to the back past. Jamie Vardy then thunders the ball into the top corner. The Foxes lead at the Emirates!


27' Good save from Schmeichel. He gets a palm to a powerful Kolasinac drive.

26' How did Arsenal not score? Welbeck powers into the Leicester area and the ball bobbles around across the face of goal before Simpson clears.

22' Speaking of the former Hull City man, he has just produced a heroic block to deny Danny Welbeck from inside the area.

19' Harry Maguire has just had a stern talking to from Mike Dean. He has looked assured so far the defender.

12' And breathe everyone. Both sides settling down now. Well, football is well and truly back.

10' Corner Arsenal. Some penalty appeals form Bellerin, referee waves play on.

8' Great shot from Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Englishman unleashes a strong drive from distance which just whistles over the bar.

5' What an excellent start to the season! Albrighton crosses, Maguire heads the ball back across the face of goal and Okazaki leaps like a salmon to equalise with Cech stranded.


3' Lacazette nods home an excellent cross from Elneny. What a start from the Gunners!


2' Early free-kick for Arsenal. Welbeck gets in the middle of a Leicester sandwich.

1' And we're underway at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal get the ball rolling. Buckle in ladies and gentleman.

19:40 - The teams are on their way out. Anyone nervous?

19:35 - Only ten minutes to go ladies and gentleman. The next eight months are surely going to be full of goals, tears, drama and glory. Are we all ready?

19:25 - Our Twitter poll is very close at the minute. An Arsenal win is just edging the voting. Interesting...

19:13 - We're quickly approaching kick-off at the Emirates Stadium. You've seen the team news so what is your prediction for the match?

19:02 - What are your reactions to the teams, then? Lacazette gets his debut for the Gunners, whilst Matty James starts for the former Premier League champions.

The Foxes' bench looks like this: Hamer, Chilwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Slimani, Iheanacho.

The bench for Arsenal looks like this: Ospina, Mustafi, Coquelin, Ramsey, Walcott, Iwobi, Giroud.

And the line-up for the Foxes: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, N'didi, James, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.

Here's the Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Bellerin, Monreal, Holding, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette.

Team news is coming in just under ten minutes. Will either Alexandre Lacazette or Kelechi Iheanacho get their debuts today?

For a bit of pre-match reading, why don't you give our preview for the game a read, here

Team news is set to be released at 6:45pm BST so make sure you stick around until then - there will surely be a few headlines to digest there! If you want to have a bit of debate with us about the game, make sure you follow all of our Twitter handles: @VAVEL, @ArsenalVAVEL and @Leicester_VAVEL

Both of these teams lost their first game of the season this time last year, Arsenal going down 3-4 at home to Liverpool whilst Leicester slipped to defeat against newly-promoted Hull City in their first game as reigning champions. A week later they met each other, drawing 0-0 to pick up their first points of the campaign. The Gunners got the better of their visitors in this fixture last season with a 1-0 victory coming courtesy of a late Robert Huth own goal.

The Londoners though have an extensive injury list to contend with. Alexis Sanchez will be missing with an abdominal strain, whilst Mesut Ozil is also doubtful. Laurent Koscielny will also be absent due to suspension. Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin and Gabriel have all been ruled out. Aaron Ramsey is doubtful to make the game.

Arsenal lifted the Community Shield at Wembley last weekend | Photo: Getty/ Dan Istitene
Arsenal lifted the Community Shield at Wembley last weekend | Photo: Getty/ Dan Istitene

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been retained, for now, whilst Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette are both signings that have excited the fan-base. The Gunners have also had a productive pre-season as  they fought off Sevilla and Benfica to lift the Emirates Cup. They also got the better of London rivals Chelsea to win the Community Shield.

For Arsenal, it's been a summer of optimism so far, even after fan uproar following the announcement that Arsene Wenger will be sticking around for a couple more years. 

The former Premier League champions do have a few notable absentees for the clash with Gunners. Defensive stalwart Robert Huth is absent despite returning to training. Midfielders Danny Drinkwater and Vincente Iborra will both be missing having picked up thigh and groin injuries respectively. Record signing Islam Slimani could be doubtful following a nasty cut suffered in pre-season. It will also be intriguing to see if Riyad Mahrez starts the game after reported interest from Arsenal in the summer.

Going into the match at the Emirates, the Foxes have endured a somewhat indifferent set of pre-season results. It started well for the team with a penalty shoot-out victory over West Bromwich and a tight loss to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in the Premier League Asia Trophy. Then a Riyad Mahrez winner over Luton Town gave the Foxes their first win upon return from Hong Kong. A drab draw against Milton Keynes Dons followed by defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burton Albion though caused concern. A Jamie Vardy brace in a 2-1 win against Borussia Monchengladbach however rounded off the preparations.

Having had quite an impact at the King Power Stadium last term, Shakespeare has wasted no time in putting his stamp on the team. He has already brought in the likes of Harry Maguire and Eldin Jakupovic from Hull City, alongside Vincente Iborra who has joined from Sevilla Manchester City's young striker Kelechi Iheanacho.

Craig Shakespeare kicks off his first full season as a Premier League manager with a trip to the Emirates | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images
Craig Shakespeare kicks off his first full season as a Premier League manager with a trip to the Emirates | Photo: Getty/ Plumb Images

It is surely to be a fascinating clash in the capital this evening as seasoned professional Arsene Wenger clashes with newcomer Craig Shakespeare - the Foxes boss is not only embarking on his first full season in charge of the East-Midlanders but his first campaign as a full-time manager at any level. It is quite a baptism of fire for the former West Bromwich Albion midfielder.

Be sure to stick around here all evening as we bring to you all of the pre-match build up, team news, live commentary, reaction and analysis from the first game of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live commentary of the first Premier League game of the 2017/18 between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. Kick-off is coming at 7:45pm BST.