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Wenger relieved Giroud stayed, produced opening-day victory

Wenger relieved Giroud stayed, produced opening-day victory

After that, though, Leicester City had the Gunners on the ropes for most of the game, taking a 3-2 lead in the second half off of Jamie Vardy's second goal of the match.

The Ramsey-Giroud rescue act spared Arsenal from a fourth season-opening defeat in five campaigns and enabled Wenger to start the season with victory for only the second time in eight years.

"Lacazette is simple. In every game he is stronger since he has joined us", Wenger said. New signing Alexandre Lacazette will have all the eyes on him as fans as well as critics will be looking to see if he is worth the money and praise he has gotten from his new club.

Football tactics historian Jonathan Wilson suggested Arsenal needed more center backs who could win headers after Leicester's first goal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed "relief" over Olivier Giroud's decision to stay after the France striker earned his side a breathless 4-3 win against Leicester City.

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to level with eight minutes remaining before Giroud wrapped up the points.

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The arrivals of defender Victor Lindelof, midfielder Nemanja Matic and striker Romelu Lukaku have also improved the squad. "It's the objective of every one of the top teams and every one of the top team managers".

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. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay". It was one of the great days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

Lacazette's opener was immediately cancelled out by Shinji Okazaki for the Leicester, netting after some poor defending and goalkeeping at the back.

Despite only starting 17 games last season in all competitions, Giroud still scored 16 times " including an eye-catching scorpion-style kick against Crystal Palace.

Lacazette is just the seventh player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal, after Kevin Campbell, Steve Bould, Fredrik Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Thomas Vermaelen. "You want the Premier League to be the best league in the world and I think it has to produce this kind of games to produce interest and quality", he said.

"They were hard moments when we were 2-3 down but we managed to get out of that and found two goals, which was great to see".