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Lacazette scores two minutes into Arsenal debut

Lacazette scores two minutes into Arsenal debut”

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal were never seriously interested in prising Riyad Mahrez away from Leicester City this summer, despite reports, as he has enough similar options already. Gabriel and Santi Cazorla are definitely out. Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare handed Harry Maguire his debut as the Foxes opted for a 4-4-2, leaving Kelechi Iheanacho on the bench.

The goal also continued Lacazette's phenomenal record in the first game of top-flight seasons over recent years - one he might need to add to after Leicester forwards Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy turned the game on its head.

MF Granit Xhaka, 5 - Man of the match last weekend against Chelsea, Xhaka had a mostly terrible evening.

"At the moment the most active have been United, City and Liverpool a bit", the French coach explained.

After Wenger belatedly adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation - a tactical trend sparked by champions Chelsea - Arsenal won seven of their last eight league games and stunned Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final.

In the middle of the transfer market it's hard to predict [the season].

The fiercely entertaining game undoubtedly revealed both weaknesses and strengths in Arsenal's side - but it's early days and the result certainly won't win them the league in the same way it won't lose it for Leicester.

No, Arsenal nor Leicester won the league past year, but it is still a marquee match.

As always, Arsenal's transfer business this summer has been questionable from the outside and aggravating to their fans. Arsenal had to hit rock bottom to start the climb back to the top. That has changed ahead of the 2017/18 season though, with the Frenchman securing the services of Alexandre Lacazette.

Wenger admits he was surprised to lure the 26-year-old from Lyon to London.

Arsenal would be willing to let Alexis Sanchez leave the club but would rather he joined Paris Saint-Germain than Manchester City, says Paul Merson.

Asked by Pro Soccer Talk when he believes things started to turn around, Wenger pointed towards the fine finish to last season which gave his team the confidence to continue their fight back from the depths of despair.

"There could be a surprise like Leicester as well as teams like Everton".

Therefore, The Hard Tackle predicts a first season opening win for Arsenal since 2014, with two of the three aforementioned players likely to grab the goals for them.



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