Premier League season starts in style

Paola Ditto
Agosto 13, 2017

Arsene Wenger hailed "fantastic" Olivier Giroud for staying at Arsenal this summer after the French striker came on to score a late victor in Friday's dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester.

The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette will likely relegate Giroud to the status of a benchwarmer this season but the 30-year-old proved his worth with a towering header in the 85th minute.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he chose to stay", Wenger told BBC. And in the end he chose to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group. It was relief he chose to stay". A great run of passes saw Mohamed Elneny finding an unmarked Lacazette for headed goal.

"With Lacazette, it is simple", the French tactician said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.

"Even when he played on the left, he did very well".

Amid the joy - and relief - of victory, there was nonetheless plenty to concern Wenger, not least the manner in which his side conceded all three goals.

Vardy slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton's cross, only for Danny Welbeck to stroke level on half-time.

After the break, the groans returned to the Emirates when the Foxes took the lead once again, this time when Vardy nodded in a Riyad Mahrez corner after more weak defending.

The Emirates was absolutely hopping at this stage and there was only ever going to be one outcome, the often maligned, Olivier Giroud, like Ramsey before him, came off the bench and scored the victor to send the stadium into raptures. We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that.

"Scoring three goals away from home is a positive and we'll get back on the training field to make sure we sort the problems out".

"Top quality game and you want PL to be best in the world and you have to produce games like that", Wenger told reporters.

But he drew encouragement from his side's display.

"I created, with me not deciding, a lack of clarity in the dressing room and there is nothing worse than that in the dressing room. To come here and score three has to be pleasing in some respect, but it doesn't feel like it".

The English Premier League is going to be back with a bang as Arsenal take on Leicester City in the opening match tonight.

Will the Gunners be able to challenge for the title this season?

Jamie Vardy was adjudged the Man of the Match in the game. We encourage him to do that. The club has also signed Leicester-born Coventry player George Thomas who can play as a forward or midfielder increasing their options.

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