Olivier Giroud the hero substitute as Arsenal defeat Leicester City in a pulsating first match to kick off the Premier League season.
The English top flight division never seems to disappoint its fans as this back and forth, drama instilled, football game is the sheer definition of what the league is all about.
Just two minutes in to the match, Arsenal get things started.
The 52 million pound forward and record signing, Alexandre Lacazette thundered home a power header from inside the penalty area. He turned towards the Emirates with a keen face and his arms wide open, announcing himself as a Gunner.
On the opposite end of the pitch, Leicester City did not seem unnerved by the goal. Shinji Okazaki scored three minutes later, and Jamie Vardy finished a chance midway through the first half that saw Leicester shockingly take the lead.
The Gunners seemed tense, unpoised and tactically failing on simple passes and ball movement. They attempted too many fancy passes on top of shambolic defending in the attacking third.
Offensively, they continued to squander too many opportunities, and were continuously trapped offside.
On the plus side, Arsenal continued to dominate possession.
In added time of the first half, Danny Welbeck poached the ball in to an empty goal thanks to great pressing from new signing Sead Kolosinac. His assist to Welbeck gave Arsenal some hope at the break.
At the early stages of the second half, Leicester City took control. A corner kick from Riyad Mahrez found Jamie Vardy open in the box to header home a third for the Foxes.
Nacho Monreal was displeased at his defense, and surely the fans at the Emirates began to question whether or not, this year was off to a bad start.
That was until Arsene Wenger left his comfortable seat on the touchline and made some changes. He switched to four defenders in the back instead of his 3-4-3 formation he began with. Aaron Ramsey came on for former FC Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny and Olivier Giroud came on for Rob Holding.
Wenger hit the nail on the head.
In the 82nd minute some great pressing from Arsenal troubled Leicester City. Granit Xhaka’s clinical pass in behind the defense left Aaron Ramsey wide open. The Welshman finished the opportunity and Arsenal were tied once again.
Three minutes later, the defining moment of the match came. Granit Xhaka whipped the ball in from the corner flag, and the big Frenchman Giroud climbed above the defense to power home the fourth goal for the Gunners.
Arsenal fans, you can relax now. The Emirates faithful sang their hearts out.
The new Premier League season kicks off with a thriller. Tomorrow, Watford host Liverpool and Chelsea host Burnley. Brighton and Hove Albion play their first ever Premier League match against Manchester City.
On Sunday, Manchester United host West Ham United at Old Trafford.