Giroud header seals Arsenal win in season-opening thriller

Manchester United reject Tottenham bid for Anthony Martial on the eve of Premier League opener

Manchester United reject Tottenham bid for Anthony Martial on the eve of Premier League opener

Shinji Okazaki scored a fifth minute equaliser, Jamie Vardy put Leicester ahead and Danny Welbeck levelled for Arsenal before halftime.

Handsome header from Olivier Giroud ensured the Gunners beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The Frenchman, who has been at the club since 1996, has been given a chance to turn things around despite calls for his head from disgruntled Arsenal fans waiting for a first league title under his stewardship since he led them to the crown in 2004.

Arsenal record-signing Alexandre Lacazette got off to a ideal by scoring inside two minutes of kickoff.

Such an effort provoked scenes of sheer jubilation at the Emirates Stadium and came just two minutes after fellow substitute Aaron Ramsey looked to have rescued a point for the inconsistent Gunners after blasting in from close range. Instead, Wenger avoided a third successive season-opening loss at the start of his new two-year contract. It's interesting. Let's say the referee tends to let play continue. and you only really understand that when you experience it.

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

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IAN KINGTON GettyImages

West Ham, Everton and Marseille were all keen to sign the 30-year-old following the arrival of Lacazette from Lyon.

Asked if there was any update on Sanchez's situation, Wenger replied: "No".

"Lacazette is simple. In every game he is stronger since he has joined us", Wenger said. "Giroud in his prime is at the top of his game".

"To be honest, there was something in my soul and in my heart which told me to stay".

"You win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned, you know", he added. "Even when I played Giroud through the middle and him on the left he did very well on the left".

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a ball we lost in the build-up and we conceded two goals on corners". That's how it came about but I think it was perhaps too early to celebrate because we didn't know how the match was going to pan out. I'm disappointed with the handball in the build up, but once the corner's given you have to defend it better.

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