12 Aug, 18:00
Arsenal’s 4-3 win over Leicester during their Premier League opener on Friday night was like watching an entire season sped up.
The chaotic match, which included playing six players out of position at one stage, would have been fantastic for the neutral. Not so much for Arsenal fans. It was a roller coaster, but what did we learn?
Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey need to be kept safe at all costs
The number of times Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey have bailed Arsenal out is uncountable.
The France international and Welsh midfielder respectively came on after the 60th minute and won Arsenal the game with the third and fourth goal. Fantastic subs from Arsene Wenger. The fact that Giroud’s position at the club is even up for debate is ridiculous.
Lacazette is super
Lacazette silenced his critics with his incredible performance.
Not only did he score his first Premier League goal within minutes, but also he continued to look sharp and engaged throughout the match. The 26-year-old consistently got into the right positions and his work rate was fantastic.
Formation needs to change
The 3-4-3 formation has served Arsenal well since Arsene Wenger debuted it against Middlesbrough last season but it was always a work in progress and it appears that progress has halted.
Hector Bellerin in particular seems to be having a hard time adapting to the right-wing-back role and against Leicester this hurt Arsenal. The 22-year-old doesn’t look as if he knows when to get ahead and when to track back and defend which left a young, inexperienced Rob Holding exposed and vulnerable.
Perhaps it’s not the formation, perhaps it was just a bad night for everyone seeing as Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka weren’t great either, but something needs to be changed.
Kolasinac is a beast
Another game, another excellent performance. The former Schalke left-back bagged himself an assist against Leicester and once again impressed Gooners. Getting him on a free was a stroke of genius.
Arsenal do not lose on Friday nights
Granted, it’s pretty unusual to be playing a season opener on a Friday night but apparently it’s one of the Gunners’ strongest days of the week. Arsenal have won seven and drawn once. They tried their best to tarnish this record but apparently the Football Gods had other plans.