Drama At The Emirates As Arsenal Beat Leicester In Seven-Goal Thriller

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

Leicester moved in front through Jamie Vardy just before the half-hour, but the Gunners made it 2-2 going into the break with Danny Welbeck opening his season account in injury time.

He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay.

Wenger further reiterated the point in his written press conference, describing Giroud's decision to remain with Arsenal as a "relief" and "one of the greatest days I've had in recent months".

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Wenger said: "We are open to an exceptional player".

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group - he has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

"I feel that the goals we conceded, we can work to get rid of that", he said.

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches - all of which were also home fixtures.

"We had quite a few chances. It's a long time since we had so much quality [in attack]".

Welbeck made sure the scores were knotted at halftime when the England forward tapped home easily from a Sead Kolasinac pass.

The 30-year old put his side 2-1 ahead of Arsenal in the 29th minute after a goal from Okazaki had cancelled Lacazette's opener.

Arsenal's two substitutes scored back-to-back goals within three minutes with fewer than 10 minutes left in the game.

The Frenchman came off the bench to score a dramatic victor as the Gunners beat plucky Leicester 4-3 at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare bemoaned an apparent handball by Mesut Ozil in the lead-up to Aaron Ramsey's equaliser.

Giroud's 85th minute goal came from a cross by Granit Xhaka. He adapts slowly to the way we want to play'.

'We have many games and hopefully I can give a good number to all the strikers.

Shakespeare was true to his word and started Riyad Mahrez despite the Algeria global asking to leave the King Power Stadium.

Instead, they decided to make it hard for themselves again, like they so often do, and as a result, we got one of the games of the season in the first match of the new campaign. "Riyad has been very focused".

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