Wenger relieved Giroud stayed, produced opening-day victory

Marco Green
August 13, 2017

But it was a different story at the other end as Wenger called upon additional firepower in the form of Aaron Ramsey and Giroud to turn the match around inside the final seven minutes and ward off a return to last season's febrile atmosphere of protest on home turf - at least for the time being.

Olivier Giroud completed an exhilarating comeback as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 on Friday to ensure Arsene Wenger's side opened the English Premier League with a victory for only the second time in eight seasons.

Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France global Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.

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Wenger was also pleased with new French signing Alexandre Lacazette, who scored after 94 seconds to equal the record for the fastest opening goal of a Premier League season.

"We were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team that was very efficient going forward. So overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and is a collective player and an intelligent player as well".

"Top quality game and you want PL to be best in the world and you have to produce games like that", Wenger told reporters.

But the French coach knows he has work to do on his defence after Friday's performance in which Arsenal were found wanting at two set pieces that resulted in Leicester goals. "Because one was a corner, one was a goal where we lost the ball in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again".

"We were quite good last year on corners and with a bit of work we can get that out of our system", added Wenger, who has been given another two years in charge of Arsenal.

Arsenal is not just pursuing a first league title since 2004 but also a return to the top four - and Champions League qualification - after finishing fifth in May.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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