Wenger 'relieved' Giroud stayed at Arsenal after victor against Leicester

Alexis Sanchez

Two quick goals got us started as newly signed Alexandre Lacazette and Shinji Okazaki scored goals within the first five minutes.

Ten minutes after the break, the England global struck again as he raced in unmarked to head home Riyad Mahrez's corner to put Shakespeare's side in control - before Arsenal netted twice in the final 10 minutes to win the contest. The Frenchman brought on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey to improve the attack, and his decision was rewarded as the duo scored in the final ten minutes to bring home Arsenal's second opening day victory in eight seasons.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", Wenger said.

"I opened the door for him, because I knew we had many strikers, but he's really loved here and he made a decision to stay".

"I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club".

The Arsenal veteran didn't cover himself in glory against Leicester City.

Arsenal entered the summer with plenty of speculation surrounding the future of manager Arsene Wenger, who was under a lot of pressure from sections of supporters and the media.

"We saw it though for 83 minutes", Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said, "and to concede two late set-plays in the manner we did is obviously hard to take".

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To think, we have an entire opening weekend to go yet, as well as an entire season.

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

England striker Jamie Vardy stunned the Emirates with a neatly taken finish after an error from Xhaka, but Danny Welbeck levelled for Arsenal just before the break. The compilers of calendar of the Premier League never has wished, and sent him to open the season, Arsenal and Leicester.

"We were quite good previous year on corners".

The first touch from the 60 million euro (US$71 million) signing was at kick-off.

"Scoring three goals away from home is a positive and we'll get back on the training field to make sure we sort the problems out".

"We encourage our midfield players to play balls in behind".

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