Wenger thankful Giroud turned down chance to leave

Wenger thankful Giroud turned down chance to leave

Wenger thankful Giroud turned down chance to leave

Olivier Giroud headed home the late victor on Friday.

England striker Jamie Vardy, who was heavily linked with Arsenal 12 months ago, scored a brace either side of a Danny Welbeck leveller that showed Arsenal's rearguard to be equally awful from open play and set-piece situations.

Marquee summer signing Alexandre Lacazette shot Arsenal into an early lead before Shinji Okazaki levelled the scores five minutes later.

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Arsene Wenger saw substitute Olivier Giroud score a late victor to see off Leicester before admitting he gave the striker a chance to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.

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. After Aaron Ramsey leveled in the 83rd minute, Giroud sealed the three points within two minutes on an evening of thrilling attacks gifted by fragile defending.

"But I don't want him to go and in the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is". I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club. Manager Arsene Wenger this week revealed that he gave the player the option of leaving, but that he chose to fight for his place. "He has a big weight in this squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

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Arsenal is not just pursuing a first league title since 2004 but also a return to the top four - and Champions League qualification - after finishing fifth in May.

"We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that", he said referring to poor marking in the by his team's defence.

Arsenal would hold on to secure an incredible victory in a magnificently entertaining season opener.

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"We were quite good a year ago on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system".

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