Arsenal kicks-off English Premier League on a high


"It was one of the great days". At one stage, I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he chose to stay.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", said Wenger.

I think he will not play at Stoke, yes. But I don't want him to go and in the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

"We started really well and I thought we could stay in control. I think we have those assurances so I haven't got to worry about that".

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. It's no doubt going to spoil all of us because the rest of the games are going to suck by comparison.

From a corner, he powered a stunning header in off the left upright to give Kasper Schmeichel no chance and win the game for Arsene Wenger's side.

Arsenal had to rally from 2-1 and 3-2 down in an action-packed Premier League opener that was decided by Giroud's thumping header off the crossbar in the 85th minute at the Emirates.

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England striker Jamie Vardy, who was heavily linked with Arsenal 12 months ago, scored a brace either side of a Danny Welbeck leveller that showed Arsenal's rearguard to be equally awful from open play and set-piece situations.

Danny Welbeck levelled matters in first-half stoppage time, completing a fast-paced, pulsating first half of action.

Arsenal continued to dominate possession in the second half, only to concede a another goal in the 55th minute, when Vardy redirected a Riyad Mahrez corner kick past home goalkeeper Petr Cech.

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

That held until Arsenal took advantage of a lapse of discipline from Leicester right before halftime. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes.

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare is confident of retaining all the players he wants to keep in his squad but is wary of approaches from rivals as the transfer window enters its final weeks. We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game. Although they have key players absent, they should be able to pick up three points on Friday night.

"We were never close", he added when asked about Arsenal moving for Mahrez.