Giroud's late goal powers Arsenal past Leicester City


"It was a relief Giroud made a decision to stay".

2017-18 English Premier League (EPL) season begins on Friday with Nigerian new signing Kelechi Iheanacho penned to lead Leicester City's attack in the opener match against Arsenal.

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

"Overall we could say we were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team who were very efficient going forward".

Giroud knew he would be relegated to a bench role following the signing of Alexandre Lacazette, but he chose to stay and fight for his spot, and Wenger had high praise for his countryman's commitment.

Wenger said he gave Giroud the option to leave for another club this summer in search of more regular playing time but was thrilled when the striker chose to stay.

"This time we're all in the same basket and it's going to be the same for everybody".

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'In my first game as manager of Valencia Lacazette played for Lyon and he scored, ' Neville said on Sky Sports.

On his super-sub role, he added: "That's a nice start, but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch". After Wilfred Ndidi had survived a penalty shout for handball, Arsenal levelled in first-half stoppage time, Danny Welbeck tapping in from Kolasinac's square pass after Lacazette's shot was blocked.

Arsenal's quickfire lead lasted barely three minutes before Marc Albrighton's cross from the left was headed back into the middle by Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire and Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

A predictable Arsenal implosion followed, with Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy putting Leicester in front.

Time and time again he has proved himself an effective substitute in the latter stages of games meaning his goal-per-minute ratio compares to some of league's most respected forwards in history.

"I just think that naturally, a manager in the second season knows the players and knows the club better".

Asked whether Mahrez would be at the club when the window closes, Shakespeare said: "Who knows? We were a threat and played football and contributed to a thoroughly entertaining game".