Giroud's late goal powers Arsenal past Leicester City

Olivier Giroud insisted Arsenal never gave up hope of staging a dramatic fightback as the France striker's late victor capped a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester in Friday's Premier League opener.

"I opened the door for him at some stage as it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go", Wenger said at the post-match news conference.

Just a few minutes later, he would net the goal that would secure the win for Arsenal to start the season.

Former Manchester United man Danny Welbeck also found the back of the net at the end of the first half, while substitute Aaron Ramsey scored the third goal just minutes before Giroud's victor.

Arsenal began their 2017-18 Premier League campaign on Friday night, at home to Leicester City.

The lead was short lived as Shinji Okazaki restored parity via his head only minutes later and Jamie Vardy slid in to score just before the half-hour mark.

"We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard". "Even when I played Giroud through the middle and him on the left he did very well on the left". He is a fantastic guy who loves the club. "He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay".

Arsenal shipped three goals but were without arguably three of their first-choice defenders as Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi all sat out due to a combination of fitness and suspension.

"We have to take the positives out of the game, we have gone toe-to-toe with Arsenal over 90 minutes and I don't think many teams will come here and do that".

"I don't know how good everyone will be".

"We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that", he said referring to poor marking in the by his team's defence. We have top quality strikers coming back. But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973.

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