Giroud confirms Arsenal stay

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Giroud marks 50th Emirates goal for Arsenal in spectacular Leicester comeback

Arsene Wenger has heaped plaudits on Olivier Giroud who scored the victor that ensured Arsenal claimd all three points in their nervy season opening day 4-3 win against Leicester City at the Emirates.

Olivier Giroud insisted Arsenal never gave up hope of staging a dramatic fightback as the France striker's late victor capped a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester in Friday's Premier League opener. "I love the man and the player", said Wenger.

Giroud's compatriot Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal in just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level for the Foxes less than three minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton's cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

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

While Lacazette netted the opener after two minutes against Leicester on Friday, a collapse left Arsenal trailing with seven minutes remaining.

"I went to a three-man midfield to get us a screen because Mesut Ozil was playing in the pockets and I wanted Wilfred Ndidi to get in and around him".

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", Wenger said.

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Arsène Wenger expressed his relief that Olivier Giroud, widely considered this summer to be either on the move or a player destined to be not much more than a supersub, remains very much at the heart of life at Arsenal. You can not keep the strikers happy when they don't play. In the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

Lacazette is the seventh Arsenal player to score on his first Premier League appearance.

"Rob Holding is a great defender but he lost some of his confidence after the second goal".

'Tonight we needed this win, everyone knows the importance of the first game for confidence. I got back late, I should have handled this better. "We have top quality".

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