Arsenal vs. Leicester City

Soccer-Arsenal's Sanchez out of opener due to abdominal strain

Soccer-Arsenal's Sanchez out of opener due to abdominal strain

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Friday night's match-winner Olivier Giroud has made a decision to stay at Arsenal next season, ending interest from Everton, West Ham United and Marseille.

The Gunners kicked off their Premier League campaign by coming from behind to claim all three points.

Arsenal record-signing Alexandre Lacazette got off to a flawless by scoring inside two minutes of kickoff. An equalizer by Aaron Ramsey was followed by a header from fellow substitute Giroud sealing a 4-3 victory over the 2016 champions.

To think, we have an entire opening weekend to go yet, as well as an entire season. But I don't want him to go and in the end he chose to stay. "I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group".

Giroud appears willing - if a little reluctantly - to accept his role as an understudy to Lacazette. Giroud himself said that he wanted to play but that he would "do a job for the team".

However, Wenger said: "He's an Arsenal player in the short term". "He doesn't want to leave".

Arsenal after a victory in the F.A. Community Shield game on Sunday. Credit Tony O’Brien  Reuters
Arsenal after a victory in the F.A. Community Shield game on Sunday. Credit Tony O’Brien Reuters

The fans at the Emirates were getting their first glimpse of Lacazette in a competitive game and the £46.5 million ($60.3 million, 51.1 million euros) man needed less than two minutes to find the net.

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

Arsenal welcomed Leicester City into Emirates Stadium on Friday to get the festivities rolling this season, and it appeared as if everyone would get a chance to use their Arsenal jokes for at least the next week. The defense will need to become firmer if far sterner opponents than Leicester are to be beaten.

"Even people will say we conceded three goals, yes, but we scored four as well and the game was of quality". "If you were a manager and you were on the bench, 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go and you win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned you know".

"Scoring three goals away from home is a positive and we'll get back on the training field to make sure we sort the problems out".

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