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Arsene Wenger challenges Alexandre Lacazette to replicate scoring form in Premier League

Arsene Wenger challenges Alexandre Lacazette to replicate scoring form in Premier League

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare on Vardy: "We're encouraging him to play to his strengths, getting in behind, being a nuisance to the defenders, but also to get in that box and score goals".

Alexandre Lacazette scored the joint-fastest goal on the opening day of a Premier League season by heading home after 94 seconds of Arsenal's game against Leicester City.

The French striker got the Gunners off to a flying start at the Emirates Stadium when he got on the end of Mohamed Elneny's cross and headed home after just two minutes. Lacazette's arrival appears to have relegated to Olivier Giroud to a permanent second-choice forward, but the latter played his part last season.

It's back to normal for Leicester this season, who won't be burdened by added Champions League matches on their schedule.

The fans at the Emirates were getting their first glimpse of Lacazette in a competitive game and the GBP46.5 million ($60.3 million, 51.1 million euros) man needed less than two minutes to find the net.

For the first time in the history of the English championship kicked off on a weekday.

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Within three minutes Leicester were level.

But, in time, many of us will be enthralled, nearly against our will.

Claudio Ranieri's Fearless Foxes had stepped into the courageous, the previously uncharted territory of the Champions, but now, they had to prove their achievement was no fluke, and that they were worthy possessors of a status that everyone craves for but few go on to achieve.

Again a set-piece proved Arsenal's undoing as Mahrez's in-swinging corner from the right was nodded in by Vardy.

Jamie Vardy then capitalised on very bad defending to twice put the Foxes ahead either side of Danny Welbeck's equaliser before Arsene Wenger sent for the cavalry.

However, Wenger introduced Ramsey and Giroud and they both changed the game. I know it might sound blasphemous to suggest Ozil would be left off the team, but if he has a poor season and those players don't, it's certainly not unrealistic. They will actually be interesting round about the equinox, and by the time the clocks go back we will be as involved as ever.


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