Arsène Wenger expressed his relief that Olivier Giroud, widely considered this summer to be either on the move or a player destined to be not much more than a supersub, remains very much at the heart of life at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has praised Arsenal's team spirit and willingness to fight after they came from behind twice to beat Leicester City 4-3 in their Premier League season opener on Friday night (11 August).
The match was a great advert for a league that is already prime box office viewing worldwide but Arsenal's hopes of a first title since 2004 will require some polishing of a rusty defence after Leicester put away half of their chances.
Record signing Alexander Lacazette opened his account within two minutes of the kick-off, but the home side's lead was nearly immediately rubbed out as Shinji Okazaki equalised minutes later before Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front after half an hour.
The Premier League season started in incredible fashion, with two goals in a matter of minutes after the opening whistle.
"I don't know whether it was a lack of concentration or just a lack of game management in the last ten minutes, but you then concede again from a set play in terms of being overpowered".
Despite only starting 17 games last season in all competitions, Giroud still scored 16 times - including an eye-catching scorpion-style kick against Crystal Palace.
"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group". He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay.
"We went for a win and we deservedly earned it".
"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a ball we lost in the build-up and we conceded two goals on corners. We were quite good previous year on corners and overall I believe that with a bit of work we can get that out of the system".