Wenger 'relieved' Giroud stayed at Arsenal after victor against Leicester

VIDEO Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger take part in Q&A session

However Arsenal found themselves 2-1 down after half an hour thanks to a close range header from Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki and tap in from Jamie Vardy.

It took the arrival of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud from the bench in the second half to turn it around against Leicester and give Arsenal only its second opening-day victory in eight seasons.

"Overall I must say we kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", he said in his post-match interview.

"Giroud is fantastic. I opened the door for him".

"It's different to the French league, but I knew that already".

Giroud had been linked with moves to Marseille, West Ham and Everton over the summer and speculation intensified when striker Alexandre Lacazette arrived at the Emirates with a £52 million price tag, the sort of money which demands game time. "Because one was a corner, one was a goal where we lost the ball in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again".

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To think, we have an entire opening weekend to go yet, as well as an entire season. We love him and in the end he made a decision to stay.

Arsene Wenger also added after the game that he was delighted that the 30-year-old had chose to stay at the Emirates, after he had offered him the opportunity to leave.

Harry Maguire nodded Marc Albrighton's cross back into the path of Okazaki, who headed home for Leicester to level the scores before Vardy's goal.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare was good on his word and started Riyad Mahrez, despite the fact the Algeria worldwide has asked to leave the club. As a game is in 90, that would guarantee you a goal. What the game was, though, is a reminder that beyond the incessant transfer rumours and long, moody shots of Arsene Wenger staring into nothingness awaits the adrenaline rush that only a good game of football can give. "He is focused and happy in the dressing room because we won the game".

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

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