Wenger 'relieved' Giroud stayed at Arsenal after victor against Leicester

Arnold Nichols
August 13, 2017

Two goals in the first 10 minutes and two in the last 10 - if that doesn't rekindle the excitement of Premier League football, not much can.

We grabbed a vital equaliser in first half injury time as Lacazette's blocked shot fell kindly to Sead Kolasinac who cooly squared for Danny Welbeck to make it 2-2 at the break.

Albrighton crossed for Jamie Vardy to put Leicester ahead after Xhaka had gifted the ball straight to him. An equalizer by Aaron Ramsey was followed by a header from fellow substitute Giroud sealing a 4-3 victory over the 2016 champions.

Despite his late victor, Giroud is likely to be named on the bench again for next weekend's clash against Stoke.

Asked if Giroud could still leave before the transfer window closes on August 31 until January, Wenger replied: "No".

Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud after his victor against Leicester City on Friday night and confirmed the striker wants to stay at the club this season.

The Premier League finally returned to our screens this evening with Arsenal playing host to Leicester in the season opener.

However, Wenger refused to be drawn on whether this win was proof his team could make a sustained challenge for the Premier League this season.

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger".

The Frenchman wants to see the Gunners' record signing Alexandre Lacazette emulate what the 35-year-old former Sweden worldwide striker did in the Premier League.

Asked about Arsenal's title chances, Wenger said: "There are six or seven teams who can win the league". His first? The kick-off...

The former Montpellier man has been Arsenal's main striker for years, but the fans have clamored for an elite option to lead the line for nearly as long.

And the mood ebbed and flowed inside the Emirates - with some of the familiar grumblings of discontent evident.

Leicester four minutes later replied with a goal by Okazaki, and then Vardy reminded of themselves by 29 minutes, one of the main creators of championship success, "Leicester" rounded out a ideal cross from Albrighton.

Wenger looked on anxiously from the dugout, eventually appearing on the touchline when he introduced Ramsey and Giroud after 67 minutes.

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