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Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 in thrilling Premier League opener

Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 in thrilling Premier League opener

The striker, who the Gunners signed from Lyon for an initial fee of €53 million in the summer, finished clinically to put the hosts ahead after two minutes, expertly heading home Mohamed Elneny's cross.

But after deciding to stick it out for a sixth season at Arsenal, Giroud was the north London club's match-winner on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign after coming off the bench.

Arsenal welcomed Leicester City into Emirates Stadium on Friday to get the festivities rolling this season, and it appeared as if everyone would get a chance to use their Arsenal jokes for at least the next week.

Two minutes later, the comeback was complete, with super-sub Giroud sending the home fans wild via magnificent header from a Xhaka corner, despite being held by Wes Morgan.

"He is really loved here, we love him and, in the end, he chose to stay". "I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group". "It was a relief for me he chose to stay".

Giroud appears willing - if a little reluctantly - to accept his role as an understudy to Lacazette.

Wenger further reiterated the point in his written press conference, describing Giroud's decision to remain with Arsenal as a "relief" and "one of the greatest days I've had in recent months".

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"Top quality game and you want PL to be best in the world and you have to produce games like that", Wenger told reporters.

"I love the man and the player", the manager said in his post-match broadcast interview with Sky Sports. "He doesn't want to leave".

"It is fantastic", Wenger replied when asked about Giroud's willingness to fight for his place.

Giroud was on the pitch for nearly half an hour against Leicester with the 26-year-old Lacazette, who joined from Lyon.

"We went for a win and we deservedly earned it".

"We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that", he said referring to poor marking in the by his team's defence.


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