Giroud wins thriller for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger

Giroud wins thriller for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger would respond by sending on by sending on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey, and that proved to be an inspired decision.

And speaking after the game, the 30-year-old confirmed his intention to stay and fight for his place at Emirates Stadium. Arsenal's disastrous mistakes in the back led to opportunities while Leicester struggled to gain possession.

Arsenal appeared a step behind defensively, ceding possession nearly uncontested at moments, and Marc Albrighton would make them pay, jumping on a misplayed ball from Arsenal and sending a handsome cross to Jamie Vardy who would put it away to give Leicester City their first lead of the campaign.

Leicester City responded with a header from Japanese Shinji Okazaki to level things up before frontman Jamie Vardy put the Foxes infront with half an hour played. Giroud had been linked with moves to Marseille, West Ham and Everton over the summer and speculation intensified when striker Alexandre Lacazette arrived at the Emirates with a £52 million price tag, the sort of money which demands game time. "We have many games and hopefully, I can give them games", Wenger said during his post match conference.

"I love the man and the player".

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he made a decision to stay", Wenger told BBC.

The fightback did happen however with Ramsey (83rd minute) and Giroud (85th minute) securing a 4-3 opening night win for the Gunners.

The presence of Lacazette among forward options including Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, who impressed and netted Arsenal's second, led Wenger into a frank conversation with Giroud. We have top quality strikers coming back. Because I know how important he is, not only as a player - he is a fantastic player - but as well in the group.

Tonight's victor was his 70th Premier League goal - coming at the start of his sixth season. "I feel that with a bit of work we can get that out of our system".

'Previously in the Premier League we've not got off to the best of starts, so it meant a lot for us to get a good start and get three points today.

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