Arsene Wenger stresses need for Arsenal to improve defence

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud staked a claim for a starting place with the victor in a thrilling season-opening 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League yesterday.

But Ozil returned to training this week and is expected to feature in the opening Premier League game of the season tonight (7.45pm United Kingdom time) when Arsenal host Leicester.

The visitors hit back in the fifth minute when Maguire knocked the ball back into the box, wher Shinji Okazaki was on hand to fire past Cech.

After the contest, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger claimed the winning goal was vindication for Olivier Giroud's determination to remain in North London.

"Arsenal fans want him to stay", the former Arsenal forward said. Firstly I very much doubt that we will see a back three of Holding, Monreal and Kolasinac together very often and maybe not in the Premier League for the rest of the season. "I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group".

Liverpool's biggest win in this transfer window will be Philippe Coutinho staying at Anfield. "We have top quality".

Wenger has revealed how uncertainty over his future last season created a "lack of clarity in the dressing room" and saw players asking him what was going on. But the home side's pressure in the final half hour turned the game back their way and Ramsey equalised with a shot from close range seven minutes from time with Ozil appearing to handle the ball in the build-up.

What a time to be alive, as the Premier league kicked off to some nice entertainment on a Friday evening at the Emirates Stadium.

"For a first game, it was a top-quality game".

"I think he had in his career some bad moments because he had some small injuries", the Frenchman added. But there was nothing of the sort here: it was truly end-to-end stuff with plenty of chances, a quick tempo, four first-half goals, three second-half goals and a brilliant Friday night atmosphere at the Emirates.

"This has happened to us the last three seasons here", he told Sky Sports. "We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", he said. We tried to push, we kept believing in our game, carried on, pushing hard and we've been courageous to the end and thank goodness we won this game.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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