Arsène Wenger praises match-winner Olivier Giroud for staying at Arsenal

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

Against a plucky Leicester side at a packed and tense Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger's men scored twice in the last 10 minutes - first through substitute Aaron Ramsey before the much-maligned Giroud headed in the victor off Granit Xhaka's corner.

Substitute Oliver Giroud put the final touches on an enthralling comeback win for Arsenal as they beat Leicester City 4-3 on the opening evening of the new Premier League season.

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

"I'm happy we handled it well in the end", said Cech, who joined the Gunners from Chelsea in 2015.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he made a decision to stay", said Wenger.

Jamie struct again in the 56th minute to make 3-2 for The Foxes before Aaron Ramsey's 83rd and Giroud's 85th minutes goals prove decisive at the Emirates Stadium.

We had a lot of experienced defenders out injured for the game.

"Going forward and character wise we have been great".

"We started really well and I thought we could stay in control".

"I love the man (Giroud) and the player.

There were hard moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see". "We were quite good a year ago on corners and overall I believe that with a bit of work we can get that out of the system".

Craig Shakespeare's side boasted numerous players, and characteristics, that saw them shock the world to win the title in 2015/16.

"I don't know how good everyone will be".

It took all of 160 seconds for Leicester to get themselves back on level terms, with debutant Harry Maguire heading a deep Marc Albrighton cross back into the path of Shinji Okazaki, who was in the right place to turn the ball past Petr Cech.

"The first goal was from a short corner and we were not focused enough".

Now with a freakish back four of (from right to left) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, and on 83 minutes it came.

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