Giroud rescues Arsenal to seal 4-3 opening win vs Leicester

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud reacts as and celebrates as referee Mike Dean, centre, says the ball has crossed the line for a goal during their English Pre

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud reacts as and celebrates as referee Mike Dean, centre, says the ball has crossed the line for a goal during their English Pre

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, left, is congratulated by teammate Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette after he scored his sides second goal of the game during the

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, right celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match between Ar

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, centre heads the ball to score the opening goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match between Ar

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck, rigt is congratulated by teammate Arsenal's Sead Kolasinac after scoring his sides second goal of the game during their Engli

LONDON (AP) — Olivier Giroud completed an exhilarating comeback as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 on Friday to ensure Arsene Wenger's side opened the English Premier League with a victory for only the second time in eight seasons.

Arsenal turned around the league's first Friday opener in the closing minutes at Emirates Stadium. After Aaron Ramsey leveled in the 83rd minute, Giroud sealed the three points within two minutes on an evening of thrilling attacks gifted by fragile defending.

Arsenal record-signing Alexandre Lacazette got off to a perfect by scoring inside two minutes of kickoff. But as so often happens in the opening round, Arsenal imploded as Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy put Leicester in front.

Although Danny Welbeck leveled on the stroke of halftime, Vardy restored Leicester's lead after the break. But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973. Instead, Wenger avoided a third successive season-opening loss at the start of his new two-year contract.