Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day victor

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

I know how important he is not only as a player - he's a fantastic player - but also in the group he has a big weight. "He did very well on the left when we moved him".

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has told Arsene Wenger he'd like to be starting more games after netting a late victor in tonight's 4-3 thriller against Leicester City.

Such an effort provoked scenes of sheer jubilation at the Emirates Stadium and came just two minutes after fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey looked to have rescued a point for the inconsistent Gunners after blasting in from close range.

The lead unfortunately wouldn't last long as Leicester City eventually equalized just two minutes later, but the memory is one that both Lacazette and Arsenal fans will hold onto, as their new boy provided plenty of promise for the coming season.

Arsenal record-signing Alexandre Lacazette launched his English league career in style by heading in the opener after 94 seconds. He also labelled the former Montpellier marksman as being "in his prime" and "at the top of his game".

'I prefer to be on the pitch, ' the 30-year-old admitted in his post-match interview with Sky Sports.

More news: Chelsea cool interest in England global after seeing £15M bid turned down

Danny Welbeck levelled for Arsenal, but Vardy's second goal looked to have won it for Leicester until the sensational finale.

"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. (We had) 70 percent possession, 27 shots on goal, Leicester had three shots on target and scored three so that shows you how efficient they are".

Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France worldwide Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.

"But I don't want him to go and in the end he chose to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is".

"We were quite good last year on corners and with a bit of work we can get that out of our system", added Wenger, who has been given another two years in charge of Arsenal.

Other reports by LeisureTravelAid

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER