Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud passed up chance to leave Arsenal

Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud passed up chance to leave Arsenal

But Shinji Okazaki immediately responded with a nifty header to tie the game back up just three minutes later.

Arsenal came out the second half still struggling and Leicester scored their second goal from a corner to make it 2-3 in the 56th minute.

The Gunners came from behind twice to win 4-3 and start the season with a win in front of their home supporters. "In the end he chose to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me".

Giroud also spoke to reporters, saying he's hoping for a bigger role in the future after coming on as a substitute on Friday: "That's a nice start, but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch".

'It's impossible. You know that you can not keep them happy when they don't play, ' Wenger told Sky Sports.

Lacazette's performance was a source of confidence for the Arsenal fans and Giroud is happy that his compatriot has taken little time to settle down in his new team.

"It was the first game of the season", Cech said, "and it was a classic for everybody to watch".

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"He wanted to stay and that was one of the greatest days I've had in recent months".

"We lost the openers in my first and second years at Arsenal so now we were third time lucky".

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

Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the 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.

Ahead of the Leicester City fixture, Arsenal had only won their first fixture of the season once in the last six season, and this gives added importance to their victory. They all deserve to play at that level'. "Yes, but we scored four goals as well and the game was of quality".

'We have many games and hopefully I can give a good number to all the strikers. It was that man Vardy again who headed home from a Riyad Mahrez corner and you just have to wonder what the Gunners' defence was thinking as they let Vardy go completely undetected.

"There were hard moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see".

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