Giroud wants to stay and fight for his place, claims Wenger

Giroud wants to stay and fight for his place, claims Wenger

But Giroud, the 30-year-old striker, got the winning goal on Friday as the Gunners defeated Leicester 4-3 in the English Premier League season opener at the Emirates Stadium.

But Ozil returned to training this week and is expected to feature in the opening Premier League game of the season tonight (7.45pm United Kingdom time) when Arsenal host Leicester. Danny Welbeck, however, levelled for Arsenal on the stroke of half-time after being teed up by Kolasinac.

The hosts and the visitors were all square at half time at 2-2.

The goal also continued Lacazette's phenomenal record in the first game of top-flight seasons over recent years - one he might need to add to after Leicester forwards Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy turned the game on its head. But undaunted Arsenal called in the reserves.

Giroud outmuscled Harry Maguire to meet Granit Xhaka's corner with a strong header that hit the bar and bounced behind the line before Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could club it away.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and Arsene Wenger made very attacking changes, bringing on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey for Rob Holding and Elneny respectively.

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The Gunners had won just one of their last seven opening-day fixtures and looked destined to start another campaign slowly as the 2015/16 champions took the lead twice, only to lose 4-3 at the Emirates Stadium.

Should Giroud be starting more games for Arsenal? The speculation is always going to be out there at this time of year. We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard.

It was the flawless way to seal an enthralling game that had threatened to end in defeat for the home side.

"We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that", he said referring to poor marking in the by his team's defence. It's disappointing with the corner as we should have been organised.

Vardy scored his first goal against the run of play in the 29th minute to give Leicester its first lead of the season and a brief stint at the top of the table.

"Our character is the best ingredient in our game tonight. With a bit of work we can get that out of the system". It's impossible (to keep all strikers happy). We put in a good account of ourselves.

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