Lacazette equals Premier League goal record two minutes into debut


The Arsenal’s striker headed home against Leicester to equal the Premier League mark for the quickest opening day goal

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 Gunners’ record signing brought Emirates Stadium to its feet by steering Mohamed Elneny’s cross past Kasper Schmeichel.

It brings him level with former Arsenal favourite Kevin Campbell, who breached Manchester City swiftly at Highbury in 1994, while Colombia great Faustino Asprilla also punished Sheffield Wednesday in the second minute of the 1997-98 campaign while at Newcastle United.

The goal also continued Lacazette’s phenomenal record in the first game of top-flight seasons over recent years – one that Arsenal needed to add to after Leicester forwards Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy turned the game on its head.

Danny Welbeck brought the Gunners level just before half-time and, though Vardy put Leicester back into the lead,  Aoron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud came off the bench to secure a thrilling 4-4 victory.

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