'Never sell him' - Arsenal fans react to display of substitute against Leicester

Premier League weekend preview			
				 
   by John Payne 
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Premier League weekend preview by John Payne Published

Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud opted to stay at Arsenal this summer after the striker scored the victor in Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester.

The north London side's lead lasted just over two minutes as Shinji Okazaki headed home from close range after some poor defensive errors from the Arsenal goalkeeper and defender.

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 terrible from open play and set-piece situations. Substitutes: Olivier Giroud (for Holding, 67) 7, Aaron Ramsey (for Elneny, 67) 7, Theo Walcott (for Welbeck, 75) 6.

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The France worldwide came off the bench to head home in the 85th minute as the Gunners started their season with a thrilling 4-3 win.

Alexandre Lacazette's arrival has bumped Giroud even further down the Arsenal pecking order, but having given the 30-year-old the chance to leave, Wenger was thrilled he chose to stay.

"I will be remaining at Arsenal", Giroud told SFR Sport. "He made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me". I know how important he is not only as a player - he's a fantastic player - but also in the group he has a big weight.

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The 2016 PFA Player of the Season had always been linked with a move to the Gunners and looks set to leave the Foxes this term, however it seems that Arsene Wenger is not keen. He adapts slowly to the way we want to play.

"If you look at the third goal, I'm a bit disappointed with the handball leading up to it but that aside, once you get the corner, you have to defend it better. Ultimately, it wasn't that which cost us, it was the set plays".

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