Wenger: Giroud passed up chance to leave

Alexis Sanchez development will delight Arsenal fans as close of window comes into sight

Alexis Sanchez at the Community Shield

"The application from the players has been good as well and I think we have got the fitness into them".

On Sanchez and Ozil's final year of contract, Wenger said: "When a player goes into the final year of their contract we will try to extend the contract because there is no reason we shouldn't do it, but we are not there yet".

"Personally, I think he is a hugely talented player".

"But I don't want him to go". Buckets of goals, wild defensive irresponsibility, Arsenal frailty and Arsenal fortitude (apparently it's a thing) - we feel confident saying it was the most entertaining match of the season so far.

And so they did, within two minutes. With Giroud replacing Holding, Wenger switched the formation from a 3-4-2-1 to a 4-4-2 with Giroud and Lacazette up front.

The 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off on Friday evening as Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium.

But Welbeck had the last word of the first half for the home side when he equalised from close range in added time after new signing Sead Kolasinac's tap forward in a goalmouth melee.

Ten minutes after the break, the England global struck again as he raced in unmarked to head home Riyad Mahrez's corner to put Shakespeare's side in control - before Arsenal netted twice in the final 10 minutes to win the contest.

The hosts' joy was short-lived, however, as Shinji Okazaki equalized for the Foxes within minutes.

Will Arsenal start their year off with an easy victory against an inferior Leicester team? Former Everton striker, now with Manchester United finished second on 25 goals while Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez scored 24 to hold the third position.

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan". We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game.

Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from Arsenal with the arrival of fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

Manchester City have spent almost £200million on new players this summer and Jenas believes they must be considered title favourites, although he insists it is the Champions League that boss Pep Guardiola really covets.

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

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