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Wenger: Giroud passed up chance to leave

Wenger: Giroud passed up chance to leave

Wenger is quoted as saying by Goal: "We were never close [to signing Mahrez]. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

Wenger has said Giroud will not be leaving the club during the transfer window despite apparent interest from Everton and Marseille.

It brings him level with former Arsenal favourite Kevin Campbell, who breached Manchester City swiftly at Highbury in 1994, while Colombia great Faustino Asprilla also punished Sheffield Wednesday in the second minute of the 1997-98 campaign while at Newcastle United. Both Ramsey and Giroud played big parts in the win for Arsenal, as both ended up on the scoresheet.

Giroud, who had a hard time getting into the starting XI last season as Wenger preferred to play Alexis Sanchez as the lone striker, has been vocal in his desire to play more games from start.

"I feel that the goals we conceded, we can work to get rid of that", he said.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez's corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal's comeback.

Arsenal staged their fightback after Okazaki came off in the 72nd minute.

But the home side's pressure in the final half hour turned the game back their way and Ramsey equalized with a shot from close range seven minutes from time with Ozil appearing to handle the ball in the buildup.

Wenger rules Alexis Sanchez out of Arsenal clash with Leicester City
On Friday night, as Arsenal kicked off the new EPL season against Leicester, Sanchez and his girlfriend watched on in the stands. Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger , has revealed that Sanchez will miss their first two Premier League fixtures of this season.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare was also pleased - even if the Foxes headed back to the East Midlands with nothing to show for their evening's endeavour.

"I think when you get a defeat the natural reaction is to be disappointed with the overall result", he said.

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan". He has scored seven Premier League goals as a substitute since August 2016; three more than any other player.

The north London side have been linked with a move to sign the Algeria global this summer as his future at the King Power Stadium remains a source of speculation.

Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from Arsenal with the arrival of fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

The Serie A side have now said they will not increase their offer and Shakespeare is happy to have Mahrez in the team.

"All pre-season he's looked sharp and fit", said Shakespeare, who gave Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho his competitive debut as a late substitute.


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