Arsenal's new €53 million man enjoys dream start to Premier League life

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However, Arsenal's makeshift back three of Sead Kolasinac, Nacho Monreal and Rob Holding failed to stop Shinji Okazaki equalising just two minutes later.

"Alexis Sanchez is always a loss for us, of course".

Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi started for Leicester City as Arsenal came back from 2-1 down to beat the Foxes 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller in the opening game of the English Premier League on Friday night, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Gunners made the flawless start to their first Premier League game of the 2017-18 season when new signing Alexandre Lacazette broke the deadlock in the second minute.

The £52 million signing became the first Arsenal player to score on his Premier League debut since Thomas Vermaelen in 2009.

"I opened the door for him at some stage as it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go", Wenger said at the post-match news conference.

"I love the man and the player", Wenger told Sky Sports.

"I don't know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available". "I think we have a good level of physical preparation. It was a relief for me he chose to stay".

And while Arsenal fans watch the two on the pitch week in, week out, there's something about this pair that makes them completely watchable off it too. "As a game is 90, that would guarantee you a goal", Wenger said. "Yeah, we have top quality".

It could be a very big second half for Arsenal after levelling it late on.

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For example Ramsey, Ozil, Mertesacker... and of course Koscielny is suspended. "One was a corner, one on build-up, one on a corner again", he said.

"The first goal is on a short corner, we were not focused enough".

"We were quite good past year on corners".

Furhermore, the 67-year-old expressed his shock at the spending that has gone on elsewhere, with Premier League clubs having recently broken through the £1bn spending barrier this summer.

"Even if people will say, OK we conceded three goals".

Bellerin could have added the sixth goal of the game after he found himself one on one with Schmeichel but the Dane was out quick to deny the Spaniard with his legs.

He drove at Arsenal's defence and his sublime whipped cross found the England global who couldn't miss from inside the six-yard box completely against the run of play.

"We've got our first game this Friday coming and we can't wait to get started". 'As much as I can I try to help the team to reach our target.

After what was a largely hard season for Arsenal, finishing outside the top four for the first time in 20 years, they ended the campaign on a high by beating Chelsea to lift the FA Cup.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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