Arsene Wenger has heaped plaudits on Olivier Giroud who scored the winner that ensured Arsenal claimd all three points in their nervy season opening day 4-3 win against Leicester City at the Emirates.
Late goals from substitutes Giroud and Aaron Ramsey cancelled out Leicester’s 3-2 lead and ensured the Gunners kicked off their 2017/18 campaign on a winning note.
Alexandre Lacazette’s 2nd minute curtain raiser was short lived as Shinji Okazaki equalized for Leicester two three minutes later. Then Jamie Vardy’s 29th minute goal put the visitors in front, but Danny Welbeck restored parity for the Gunners in the 45th minute. Jamie struct again in the 56th minute to make 3-2 for The Foxes before Aaron Ramsey’s 83rd and Giroud’s 85th minutes goals prove decisive at the Emirates Stadium..
Wenger reassured that his compatriot Giroud will not be leaving the club this transfer window despite losing his starting role to their record summer signing Alexandre Lacazette who opened his English Premier League goal account in the match against Leicester City.
“Character wise, we have been great tonight. You cannot keep the strikers happy when they don’t play. We have many games and hopefully, I can give them games,” Wenger said during his post match conference.
“I love the man (Giroud) and the player. He is a fantastic guy who loves the club. He doesn’t want to leave, but at some stage I opened the door for him because I had many strikers. We love him and in the end he decided to stay.
Wenger also stated that lack of focus on the part of his defenders cost Arsenal the first two goals they conceded.
“The first goal was from a short corner and we were not focused enough. We lost the ball for the second goal and lacked some experience.
“Rob Holding is a great defender but he lost some of his confidence after the second goal. We had a lot of experienced defenders out injured for the game.
“I don’t know how good everyone will be.
Asked about Arsenal’s title chances, Wenger said: “There are six or seven teams who can win the league. We have top quality strikers coming back. I didn’t want to take a gamble with Ramsey and glad he didn’t get injured.”
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