What a game that was to start the new season! It might not have been the best defensive display but going forward we looked much better and that’s reflected in my choice for the man of the match. However, before we see who is the man of the match there were a couple of players who came close to being the best player on their return to league football.
First up is Sead Kolasinac. Other than being a bit indecisive in the lead up to Leicester’s goal he had another very good performance. He proved to be strong in the tackle as he kept Riyad Mahrez quiet for large parts of the game as well as having the confidence to burst forward like last week, which eventually led to our added time equaliser from Danny Welbeck as he ghosted into the Leicester box before teeing up the striker.
Another contender for man of the match was Granit Xhaka. Again, even though he had a part to play one of the Leicester goals he really stepped up in the second half. After spraying long passes to free the wing backs for the majority of the game, two of his passes counted.
An outside the boot pass was perfect for Ramsey to take and finish to give us hope going into the latter stages of the game at 3-3. He then delivered the corner for super sub Giroud’s winner with five minutes to go, he proved to be a key player in our first win of the season.
However, one player who didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday was Alexandre Lacazette. First of all, it only took him 94 seconds to open his account for the season with a bullet of a header which saw the Emirates and I’m sure many pubs across London to erupt. It really was some way to announce himself to the Premier League
Other than the goal he played very well with his teammates. He looked comfortable combining with his attacking partners which also led to our 2nd goal. Receiving the ball with his back to goal from Mesut Ozil he pinned his defender before managing the feed the ball through to Kolasinac who squared the ball for Welbeck’s goal.
He also looked very encouraging when we switched formations and he had to drift out to the left. He was always looking to get the ball and when he had it he looked dangerous, especially with his left footed cross which you could argue Ramsey should’ve put away.
It wasn’t just offensively that Lacazette impressive though. When out of possession he never failed to track the ball down which is a quality that will, without doubt, get more people on his side, especially as he successfully won the ball back high up the pitch a few times.
So, we’ve managed to come out of match day one with all three points for the first time in three years and oh it feels good. Next week we face Stoke City away which is always a tough test so we’ll need yet another standout performance from our new number 9 along with everyone else in the team, but hopefully, we come out with another three points.