Giroud's late goal powers Arsenal past Leicester City

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", Wenger said.

However, on the reverse side of that, Arsenal did show a great change in tenacity in order to come back from a goal down with only 10 minutes to spare. "But of course at the moment I have now 33 players and it is very hard to manage on a daily basis such a high number".

Two minutes later, the comeback was complete, with super-sub Giroud sending the home fans wild via magnificent header from a Xhaka corner, despite being held by Wes Morgan. He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay. Aaron Ramsey almost scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute but Christian Fuchs made sure to pressure him into a mistake. Or will Leicester play the role of spoiler and upset Arsenal in their home opener?

The 26-year-old, who signed for the Gunners from French side Lyon back in July, was a constant threat in front of goal and looked like he will have no problems in adapting to the rigours of the Premier League.

Giroud scored the winning penalty in the Community Shield last Sunday and, having finished last season with the best goalscoring ratio of any Arsenal striker, continued that form by coming on last night to clinch victory in a dramatic seven-goal thriller. "The players are champing at the bit to get started", he said.

Arsenal pulled level just before halftime through Danny Welbeck, who is, contrary to rumors, still alive.

Still, not the ideal start for Shakespeare as a manager who has spent plenty of cash ahead of first full season in charge in the Premier League.

Vardy got himself between two of Arsenal's back three inside the box after a loose pass by Granit Xhaka in his own half fell at the feet of Albrighton. Because of this, the club should seek out one or more strikers to keep its competitive edge going forward.

"We wanted to do that today - unfortunately that didn't happen and it's something where we can look back and analyse the game and see where we went wrong and improve on the situation".

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.

Vanessa Coleman