Olivier Giroud Passed Up Opportunity to Leave Arsenal, Arsene Wenger Says

Arsenal 8/15 to win against Leicester City in Friday's Premier League clash

Arsenal 8/15 to win against Leicester City in Friday's Premier League clash

Pushed on whether he thought Giroud could leave before the transfer window closes on August 31, Wenger replied: "No".

Arsenal got off to a quick start in this one, with Alexandre Lacazette scoring just a little over a minute into the game to give himself his first-ever Premier League goal of his career.

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.

After nearly 30 minutes being a goal down, the Gunners look destined for an opening day defeat but their so often hero, Aaron Ramsey, who came on a second half substitute, drilled the ball past the goalkeeper after showing some excellent control. That's how it came about but I think it was perhaps too early to celebrate because we didn't know how the match was going to pan out.

It was the flawless way to seal an enthralling game that had threatened to end in defeat for the home side.

"This has happened to us the last three seasons here".

The Frenchman admitted he was relieved Arsenal managed to avoid an embarrassing opening day defeat.

"Well if you were a manager and you would be on the bench when you're 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go, and you win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned", he said.

Vardy weighed in with two superb goals in a virtuous man of the match display. "They all deserve to play".

"He's a fantastic guy and he's committed, so this is one of my best days for a number of weeks". And in the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

Hector Bellerin pulled the ball back to Mohamed Elneny to got a first time cross in for Lacazette to head Arsenal in front.

Cech admitted it was a sloppy display from the Gunners' rearguard, but he took heart with the way they recovered to snatch the points.

"We started really well and I thought we could stay in control. We had 27 attempts and they had three on target and three goals, but it's something we have to work on".

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