Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 in thrilling Premier League opener

Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

With 65 minutes on the clock Wenger turned to Ramsey and Giroud, the former nearly making an instant impact by narrowly missing the target when getting on the end of a left-sided cross.

The striker, who the Gunners signed from Lyon for an initial fee of €53 million in the summer, finished clinically to put the hosts ahead after two minutes, expertly heading home Mohamed Elneny's cross.

The 2017-18 Premiere League season started off with an absolute thriller between Arsenal and Leicester City on Friday.

Giroud had scored 12 Premier League goals in just 11 starts last season, but Lacazette was selected for Arsenal's opener and netted inside two minutes.

Arsenal Edge Leicester in 7-Goal Premier League Thriller
Shakespeare was true to his word and started Riyad Mahrez despite the Algeria global asking to leave the King Power Stadium. Craig Shakespeare had to watch his side blow two leads in the Premier League opener against Arsenal on Friday.

Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud opted to stay at Arsenal this summer after the striker scored the victor in Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester.

Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the 85th minute victor from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line.

The Gunners pulled level with a goal in first-half stoppage time by Danny Welbeck, who had hardly been a factor to that point.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he chose to stay", said Wenger. But I don't want him to go and in the end he chose to stay.

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"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, b ut as well in the group - he has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay".

"It is fantastic", Wenger replied when asked about Giroud's willingness to fight for his place. "He has a big weight in this squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

"With the first corner, we were late".

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