Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day victor against Leicester

Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day victor against Leicester

Giroud confirms Arsenal stay after opening-day victor against Leicester

Arsene Wenger's side scored twice in the last 10 minutes as Aaron Ramsey equalised before Olivier Giroud bagged the victor at the Emirates Stadium.

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

The France worldwide came off the bench to head home in the 85th minute as the Gunners kicked off the Premier League season with a thrilling 4-3 win.

The match was a great advert for a league that is already prime box office viewing worldwide but Arsenal's hopes of a first title since 2004 will require some polishing of a rusty defence after Leicester put away half of their chances.

A predictable Arsenal implosion followed, with Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy putting Leicester in front.

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

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to level with eight minutes remaining before Giroud wrapped up the points.

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The Gunners playing without Nigerian forward Alex Iwobi, who was an unused substitute, got off the mark through their record summer signing Alexandre Lacazette who headed in Mohammed Elneny's teasing cross in the fifth minute into the bottom-left corner. Manager Arsene Wenger this week revealed that he gave the player the option of leaving, but that he chose to fight for his place.

"I must tell you I opened the door for him at some stage (to leave) because it's important for him to play".

"You come away from home, score three goals and are almost there and then concede two.bitterly disappointed", he said.

"We went for a win and we deservedly earned it".

"With the first corner, we were late".

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan".

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