Arsenal transfer news: Olivier Giroud, Wenger, Leicester Premier League reaction, highlights

Olivier Giroud.

OLIVIER Giroud insisted Arsenal never gave up hope of
staging a dramatic fightback as the France striker’s late
winner capped a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester in
Friday’s Premier League opener.

Arsene Wenger’s side were seven minutes away from a miserable
start to the new campaign after falling 3-2 behind at the
Emirates Stadium.

Club record signing Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal an early
lead on his league debut before Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy
put Leicester ahead.

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

Aaron Ramsey equalised in the 83rd minute and two minutes later
substitute Giroud rose highest to head home via the woodwork.

It was an incredible escape act from Arsenal, but Giroud
claimed his team, who dominated possession and peppered the
Leicester goal, never doubted they would hit back.

“Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried
to push,” Giroud said.

PL: The opening night of Premier League action was a
seven goal, wire to wire thriller between Arsenal and
Leicester with the Gunners coming out victorious.

“We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard.
We’ve been courageous to the end and thank God we won the
game.”

After enduring a troubled campaign marred by fan protests
against him last season, Wenger desperately needs a strong
start this term.

The Frenchman admitted he was relieved Arsenal managed to avoid
an embarrassing opening day defeat.

“When you are a football manager and you’re 3-2 down with 20
minutes left, you’re happy however you win,” he said.

Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring.

Arsenal’s French striker
Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring.
Source:AFP

“Going forward and character wise we have been great. We had
some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to
work on that.”

Praising Giroud’s response after being left out of the starting
line-up, Wenger added: “I love the man and the player.”

“It’s impossible to keep them happy when strikers don’t play.
They all deserve to play.

“He’s a fantastic guy and he’s committed. He doesn’t want to
leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”

Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal celebrates his team's 4-3 victory.

Arsene Wenger, Manager of
Arsenal celebrates his team’s 4-3
victory.
Source:Getty Images

Arsenal’s defending was shaky throughout as Wenger’s back three
left goalkeeper Petr Cech exposed time and again.

Cech admitted it was a sloppy display from the Gunners’
rearguard, but he took heart with the way they recovered to
snatch the points.

“We started really well and I thought we could stay in control.
Then we made mistakes and they punished us,” Cech said.

“They had chances and then we had to chase. There were
difficult moments when we were down and we managed to get out
of that and it’s great to see.”

PL: Alexandre Lacazette scores the first goal of the
Premier League season just minutes into his debut with
Arsenal.

Originally published as
Wenger’s hint on Giroud future after heroic winner

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