Leicester boss encouraged, offers Mahrez update

Date published: Saturday 12th August 2017 8:00 - Ian Watson

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare was not too downhearted despite his side letting slip the lead to lose 4-3 at Arsenal.

Gunners substitute Olivier Giroud headed home the decisive goal in the 85th minute as the Gunners started their season with a thrilling 4-3 win.

Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal in just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level for the Foxes less than three minutes later.

Jamie Vardy then struck twice, either side of a Danny Welbeck equaliser, as the 2015-16 champions looked for a first league win over Arsenal since 1983.

But it was not to be.

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to level with eight minutes remaining before Giroud wrapped up the points.

“You come away from home, score three goals and are nearly there and then concede two…bitterly disappointed,” Shakespeare said.

“I’m always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan. We were a threat and played football and contributed to a thoroughly entertaining game.”

Shakespeare was true to his word and started Riyad Mahrez despite the Algeria international asking to leave the King Power Stadium.

Mahrez, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past 12 months, had been a target for Roma.

The Serie A side have now said they will not increase their offer and Shakespeare is happy to have Mahrez in the team.

When asked if he expected Mahrez to stay, he said: “Who knows?

“I think we have all seen the funny business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner. Riyad has been very focused.

“He came out and made a statement which we are all aware of but while he trains and plays and is professional the way he is, he will be considered for selection.”

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