Wenger lauds Giroud as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

The Frenchman brought on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey to improve the attack, and his decision was rewarded as the duo scored in the final ten minutes to bring home Arsenal's second opening day victory in eight seasons.

Shinji Okazaki cancelled out Lacazette's opener with a close-range header after Maguire had been left unmarked to nod Marc Albrighton's deep cross back across goal.

Vardy's second goal, a towering header from a corner-kick, looked to have won it for the Foxes until the sensational finale that saw the game swing in Arsenal's favour.

"Well if you were a manager and you would be on the bench when you're 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go, and you win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned".

Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the victor from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line.

And speaking after the game, the 30-year-old confirmed his intention to stay and fight for his place at Emirates Stadium. "He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay".

"After that we get the efficiency".

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a ball we lost in the build-up and we conceded two goals on corners".

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan". Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare on Vardy: "We're encouraging him to play to his strengths, getting in behind, being a nuisance to the defenders, but also to get in that box and score goals. Ultimately, it wasn't that which cost us, it was the set plays".

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