Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud passed up chance to leave Arsenal

Posted August 13, 2017

Arsenal have received a triple injury boost ahead of their Premier League season opener against Leicester City after Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Per Mertesacker returned to first-team training on Thursday (10 August).

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to head a late victor after Aaron Ramsey had brought Arsenal level at 3-3 following a Jamie Vardy double for the visitors.

"Whether he does or not, I expect Arsenal to win, but only just".

The Gunners got off to the flawless start, with record-signing Alexandre Lacazette scoring after just 94 seconds, via his his first-ever shot in the Premier League.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed most determined to equalise for Arsenal.

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The presence of Lacazette among forward options including Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, who impressed and netted Arsenal's second, led Wenger into a frank conversation with Giroud.

Mahrez saw an effort tipped over by Cech as Leicester looked to regain their advantage - something they did from the resulting corner as Vardy, completely unmarked, headed home the Algerian's set-piece.

The Arsenal manager faced open dissent from fans last season as his side missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. He got on the end of an excellent cross from Mohamed Elneny to stun the visitors with his second touch of the game.

When asked what the Community Shield victory means for his side, the Frenchman said: "It will increase the belief but then you face a shock when the league starts".

On Sanchez and Ozil's final year of contract, Wenger said: "When a player goes into the final year of their contract we will try to extend the contract because there is no reason we shouldn't do it, but we are not there yet".

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It could be a very big second half for Arsenal after levelling it late on.

Now with a weird back four of (from right to left) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, and on 83 minutes it came.

Five minutes added time can Arsenal hold on or Leicester will get a share of the spoils at the Emirates?? "Yes, but we scored four goals as well and the game was of quality".

Ramsey and Giroud had been introduced with 23 minutes to go and Ramsey nearly scored with his first touch, whilst Theo Walcott and Ozil had already gone close.

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