Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day victor

Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day victor

Two late goals, one from Aaron Ramsey and one from Olivier Giroud, brought the Gunners back from a one-goal deficit in the final 10 minutes, giving the club a positive result to start the season.

But as so often happens in the opening round, Arsenal imploded as Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy put Leicester in front. Arsenal welcomed Leicester City into Emirates Stadium on Friday to get the festivities rolling this season, and it appeared as if everyone would get a chance to use their Arsenal jokes for at least the next week.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Friday night's match-winner Olivier Giroud has chose to stay at Arsenal next season, ending interest from Everton, West Ham United and Marseille.

"Character wise, we have been great tonight".

"It's impossible to keep them happy when strikers don't play".

"Leicester had three shots on target and scored three goals, so that shows you how efficient they were, but overall I must say if you look at that from a neutral point of view, for the first game it was a top-quality match".

"He's a fantastic guy and he's committed".

"We have to take the positives out of the game, we have gone toe-to-toe with Arsenal over 90 minutes and I don't think many teams will come here and do that".

Wenger also stated that lack of focus on the part of his defenders cost Arsenal the first two goals they conceded.

Their impressive attack was offset by some shaky defending, however, and when Marc Albrighton was given acres of space to find Vardy in the centre of the box, the two men marking the striker couldn't prevent a second goal.

"Lacazette is simple. In every game he is stronger since he has joined us", Wenger said.

"I don't know how good everyone will be". But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973. We kept coming back to Arsene. "I didn't want to take a gamble with Ramsey and glad he didn't get injured".