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Live Reporting

Caroline Chapman

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  1. Post update

    What a match!

    I'm off for a large "pint of water" to recover.

    Come back tomorrow for more, yeah?

  2. Football's back - so dig out your studs!


    Muddy boots

    Mud-caked boots in bag under stairs ✔14 players on Friday night, seven by Sunday morning ✔The beautiful game ✔✔✔

    Celebrate the return of the football (as even August obliges us by behaving like autumn) and get involved yourself. Find out how with our Get Inspired guide...

  3. Manager reaction

    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare, talking to Sky Sports: "We've had this a few times here. To lose in the manner we did is very disappointing. We can take heart from the way we went about it but in those key moments we needed to be a bit more streetwise.

    "Arsenal had a lot of possession and have world-class players. We showed what we're capable of, showed heart and spirit. We've got a challenging start but if we get this type of performance then we'll get points on the board."

    On whether a free-kick should have been given against Mesut Ozil in the build-up to the Gunners' third goal: "I'm disappointed it wasn't given for handball but from the corner I expect us to mark better."

  4. Goals, goals, goals

    Over the past two weeks you have been voting for your favourite goals from 25 years of the Premier League - and we now have a shortlist from which you can choose the best one the league has seen.

    With a winner picked from each five-year period, you can now choose your overall favourite, with the most popular goal revealed on Match of the Day 2 on 13 August.

    Take a look and get voting.

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    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    Erm, has anyone checked on former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour?

    Has that game sent him over the edge?

    Ray Parlour
  6. 'We're not going to be too down-hearted'

    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare speaking to Sky Sports: "We spoke about being compact and being a threat with the pace of Vardy. We executed that well. We're disappointed to score three and come away with a defeat.

    "When teams make substitutes just before corners it's confusing. I'm disappointed with the handball in the build up, but once the corner's given you have to defend it better. I don't know whether it was lack of concentration or game management.

    "I've been impressed with Harry Maguire since he came in. I wanted some Premier League, British experience. He's young and will only get better. Jamie Vardy is back to his old self. We want him to be a nuisance.

    "We're not going to be too down-hearted. We have to be posititve as it's the first game."

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    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We know defensively we can do better but overall we produced a top-quality game.

    "When the substitutes came on they had enough quality to make the difference.

    "I'm convinced that overall this kind of game can strengthen the belief. When you're in difficult situations you're reminded you've done it before so can do it again.

    "Lacazette is getting stronger in every game and tonight he put in a very convincing performance."

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    There's a key bit of drama that went amiss among all the other bits of drama that happened in the 82nd minute of the match.

    Turns out there was a strong suspicion of handball by Mesut Ozil before the corner that indirectly led to Aaron Ramsey's equaliser.

    Ozil, with his arm by his side, seemingly flicked the ball with his hand and then controlled it on his left foot before Danny Simpson's interception.

    Referee Mike Dean didn't see it either. Add that to your list of talking points...

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    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

  10. 'Every point you drop can cost you'

    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talking to Sky Sports: "Going forward and character wise we have been great. We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that.

    "It's impossible to keep them happy when strikers don't play. We have many games and hopefully I can give games to all the strikers. They all deserve to play."

    On Olivier Giroud: "I love the man and the player. He's a fantastic guy and he's committed. He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay. At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay."

    On competition this season: "I don't know how good everyone will be. There are six or seven teams who can win and it makes it interesting. Every point you drop can cost you a lot."

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    Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, who scored twice, speaking to Sky Sports: "This has happened to us the last three seasons here. We put ourselves in a commanding position and a few lapses in concentration have cost us.

    "We had quite a few chances. Unfortunately they didn't go in but we can take a lot of positives.

    "Scoring three goals away from home is a positive and we'll get back on the training field to make sure we sort the problems out."

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    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    The stats for this match are remarkable.

    Arsenal had 70% possession and a whopping 27 shots, including 10 on target.

    Leicester had 30% of the ball (obv) and had only six shots in total, three going on target.

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    Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech speaking to Sky Sports: "We started really well and I thought we could stay in control. Then we made mistakes and they punished us. They had chances and then we had to chase. There were difficult moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see."

  14. Post update

    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    This was only the sixth time in 25 years that an opening game in a Premier League season has seen seven goals scored – no game has seen more.

    You're welcome.

    Olivier Giroud
  15. Get involved


    Mat VP: Can anyone tell me what it is like to watch @Arsenal and not be a fan? It must be really enjoyable!

    BthG: Memo to Arsene Wenger: don't sell Giroud!

    Craig: Premier League classic. Greatest opening day game of all time

  16. 'Courageous' Arsenal

    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    Arsenal's Olivier Giroud speaking to Sky Sports: "Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push. We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard. We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game."


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    Long live Friday night starts to the Premier League!


    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    In the fourth of five minutes of extra time, Wes Morgan picks up the first booking of the match.

    We've had almost one of everything now.

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    Jermaine Jenas

    Former England midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

    Olivier Giroud has completely changed this game. He's given Arsenal a totally new option and finally they can get crosses into the box.

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    Arsenal 4-3 Leicester

    Message to Kasper Schmeichel: Now is not the time to be going wandering out to the midfield area!

    The Leicester goalkeeper comes darting forward to try and get an attack started but loses possession.

    There's an open goal but Arsenal can't find it.

    What a crazy game.