Wenger Hails Giroud's Impact, Arsenal Character In Comeback Win Vs Leicester

Kelechi Iheanacho

Despite a Danny Wellbeck leveller on the stroke of halftime, the Emirates Stadium crowd was growing increasingly anxious and, when Vardy scored his second with 40 minutes to play, they must have feared the worst.

Aaron Ramsey equalised in the 83rd minute and two minutes later substitute Giroud rose highest to head home via the woodwork.

But as so often happens in the opening round, Arsenal imploded as Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy put Leicester in front.

Wenger further reiterated the point in his written press conference, describing Giroud's decision to remain with Arsenal as a "relief" and "one of the greatest days I've had in recent months".

"Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push", Giroud said.

We had a lot of experienced defenders out injured for the game.

"Giroud? He's fantastic", Wenger said of the France worldwide, who usually started on the bench last season and had been linked with a move away from The Emirates.

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'If you look across the world of football this is a plum position, people want to be manager of Arsenal. You can not keep the strikers happy when they don't play.

"Character wise, we have been great tonight". Sport say the Leicester City player "doesn't come into Barca's plans".

One new recruit, defender Harry Maguire, felt Leicester gave the hosts a run for their money and - despite heading back to the east midlands with nothing to show for it - believes the display will hold them in good stead.

"He's a fantastic guy and he's committed". He doesn't want to leave, but at some stage I opened the door for him because I had many strikers.

Arsenal's defending was shaky throughout as Wenger's back three left goalkeeper Petr Cech exposed time and again.

"We have to take the positives out of the game, we have gone toe-to-toe with Arsenal over 90 minutes and I don't think many teams will come here and do that. Then we made mistakes and they punished us", Cech said.

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