Man City fly to Brighton ahead of Premier League opener

Albion to win the league in their first year...Pigs might fly

Last season only Gabriel Jesus boasted a better goals-per-minute ratio meaning Giroud was technically a more efficient goalscorer than the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero.

As one of the most successful football managers in the new millennium, Guardiola will have been disappointed that he didn't pick up a piece of silverware for the first time in his managerial career in his first season in England.

The hosts' joy was short-lived, however, as Shinji Okazaki equalized for the Foxes within minutes. Danny Welbeck would bring the Gunners back level with a strike just before the half.

At 3-2 up the Foxes looked set for a surprise win that would have sent shockwaves throughout the league but Aaron Ramsey's composed finished and Giroud's header meant Arsene Wenger started his 21st campaign in charge of Arsenal with a win.

In the end, it was Wenger's moves that paid off.

The 30-year old put his side 2-1 ahead of Arsenal in the 29th minute after a goal from Okazaki had cancelled Lacazette's opener.

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We've got a big and fit squad with plenty of competition for places and I'm really looking forward to it myself. With three weeks of the transfer window remaining, a handful of Foxes stars have been linked with other clubs.

Before that though, Vardy stunned Arsene Wenger's men with two goals and Shinji Okazaki also went on the score sheet to nearly punished Arsenal which played without star forward Alexis Sanchez because of injury.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare also talking to Sky Sports: "We spoke about being compact and being a threat with the pace of Vardy".

"He chose to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me".

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger since he joined us", said Wenger, who had seen his side lose at home in three of their previous four opening league fixtures.

Pep Guardiola believes that top clubs are forced to pay over the odds for quality players but says the premium is even greater when dealing with Premier League clubs. But Leicester is in a battle to hold onto their top stars just like Arsenal - Riyad Mahrez has been the subject of multiple bids this summer and could leave before the transfer window shuts.

In the build-up to Friday's game Wenger repeatedly stressed the importance of beginning with a positive result against Leicester - and the Gunners appeared to have listened to their manager as they made the dream start.

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