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Arsenal kicks-off English Premier League on a high

Arsenal kicks-off English Premier League on a high”

Wenger revealed after the win that he offered Giroud the chance to leave the club this summer, but that the striker opted to stay, much to the delight of the manager.

Leicester City striker, Jamie Vardy, has blamed "lapses in concentration" for his side's defeat to Arsenal in Friday night's Premier League opener at the Emirates Stadium.

Aside from the record, it was obviously Lacazette's first competitive goal for Arsenal, which should do the new man a world of good confidence-wise.

It took the arrival of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud from the bench in the second half to turn it around against Leicester and give Arsenal only its second opening-day victory in eight seasons.

Last season was by far the most hard of Wenger's 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal's on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club's support.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay". He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay. Not only as a player, he's a fantastic player but as well in the group. "It was relief he made a decision to stay".

"This has happened to us the last three seasons here", he told Sky Sports.

Asked if there was any update on Sanchez's situation, Wenger replied: "No".

Giroud was on the pitch for nearly half an hour against Leicester with the 26-year-old Lacazette, who joined from Lyon.

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger since he joined us", said Wenger, who had seen his side lose at home in three of their previous four opening league fixtures. We want him to be a nuisance. "We were a threat and played football and contributed to a thoroughly entertaining game".

Arsenal stepped up their preparations in training Thursday as they get ready to take on Leicester City in their Premier League curtain raiser against Leicester City tonight.

Leicester City was a hard opponent, but outmatched by Arsenal. Both teams haven't been on the top of their game in the English Premier League but history precedes the Gunners and the Foxes as they play each other to start their Premier League on a good note.

But his first goal of the new campaign could prove one of his most important already as Arsenal clawed their way back twice to kick-start their season.



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