Wenger thankful Giroud turned down chance to leave

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Substitute Olivier Giroud scored a late victor as Arsenal staged a dramatic fightback to kick off the new Premier League season with a pulsating 4-3 victory against Leicester City on Friday night.

Against a plucky Leicester side at a packed and tense Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger's men scored twice in the last 10 minutes - first through substitute Aaron Ramsey before the much-maligned Giroud headed in the victor off Granit Xhaka's corner.

Jamie Vardy - who has now scored five goals against the Gunners in his last six appearances - grabbed his first of the night on the half-hour mark to give the Foxes the lead, but Arsenal equalised on the stroke of half-time through Danny Welbeck.

The impressive Vardy scored his second in the 53rd minute to put Leicester in front once more, curling Riyad Mahrez's corner into the bottom far corner amid poor Arsenal marking.

Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi are deemed fit enough for places on a substitutes' bench that also contains Olivier Giroud.

Giroud came big for the Gunners once again.

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But Leicester couldn't resist a relentless final 15 minutes from Wenger's side, and Giroud's win was a cruel blow to a side that had offered so much to an exhilarating 90 minutes. "He made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me".

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group".

He added: "We started really well and I thought we could stay in control".

"I'm happy the goals we conceded we can work on together". I then wanted Wilfred and Daniel Amartey to get up close to their midfield players and for Iheanacho to have the space in the last ten minutes to get on the back of Granit Xhaka.

"There were hard moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see".

The 2016 PFA Player of the Season had always been linked with a move to the Gunners and looks set to leave the Foxes this term, however it seems that Arsene Wenger is not keen. "Ultimately, it wasn't that which cost us, it was the set plays".

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