Wenger 'relieved' Giroud has chose to stay

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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.

The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette will likely relegate Giroud to the status of a benchwarmer this season but the 30-year-old proved his worth with a towering header in the 85th minute. Then, Arsenal overcame 3-2 deficit with less than 10 minutes to play.

Arsenal appeared a step behind defensively, ceding possession nearly uncontested at moments, and Marc Albrighton would make them pay, jumping on a misplayed ball from Arsenal and sending a attractive cross to Jamie Vardy who would put it away to give Leicester City their first lead of the campaign.

"With Lacazette, it is simple", the French tactician said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

Giroud, who had been the subject of interest from Everton and West Ham earlier in the summer, won the game with his 99th goal for Arsenal with only minutes remaining.

Giroud has often been a figure of ridicule and has copped plenty of criticism during his tenure in England but his record is one of a dedicated servant to Arsenal.

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"If you were a manager and you were on the bench, 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go and you win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned you know".

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a ball we lost in the build-up and we conceded two goals on corners". Welcome back Premier League. we missed you.

"He made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me".

On Olivier Giroud: "I love the man and the player".

Giroud also spoke to reporters, saying he's hoping for a bigger role in the future after coming on as a substitute on Friday: "That's a nice start, but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch". What the game was, though, is a reminder that beyond the incessant transfer rumours and long, moody shots of Arsene Wenger staring into nothingness awaits the adrenaline rush that only a good game of football can give. We're disappointed to score three and come away with a defeat. I don't know whether it was a lack of concentration or game management.

"Insecurity goes quickly through a team and we had many experienced defenders out tonight - Koscielny, Mustafi, Mertesacker".

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