COMMENT

By Abigail Withey

On Friday night Arsenal kicked off their 2017/18 Premier League campaign with a bang as they snatched a 4-3 victory against former title winners Leicester City.

Goals from the likes of Danny Welbeck and substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud helped the Gunners secure three points in their opening game of the season.

The event which got people talking was undoubtably the goal scored by Gunners’ new recruit Alexandre Lacazette who managed to find the net during his top flight debut in under two minutes, which installed great promise for the upcoming season.

While Lacazette’s goal was fantastic, it resulted in a number of other players’ efforts being overlooked and unrecognised.

One of those was from playmaker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who, from the start, played the game with an attacking mentality and created a number of incredible chances.

The 23-year-old used fantastic pace and impressive technique to regularly have a go at striking the target, but was unsuccessful.

He responded promisingly to Leicester’s first equaliser by just missing the net, which happened a few times within the match and led to the England international becoming more visibly frustrated on the pitch.

However, despite his impressive display during the match, the Ox’s efforts seemed to go pretty unnoticed and has been hardly mentioned in match reports or commentary of the match.

This could be dangerous for the club as the Englishman has just entered the final year of his contract with the club with no current signs of an extension.

Although he has played the full 90 minutes and started during the Community Shield and Premier League opener, it’s important that his determination and passion is still recognised or he could head away from the club in the closing weeks of the transfer window, which would spell disaster for the Gunners.

In other Arsenal news, Gunners legend Thierry Henry has hailed the transfer business of one of the clubs’ rivals.

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