Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Wenger: Giroud passed up chance to leave

Wenger: Giroud passed up chance to leave

Jamie Vardy, however, scored against early in the second half to extend Leicester's lead to 3-2.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed Olivier Giroud turned down the chance to leave the club during the summer transfer window.

"With Lacazette, it is simple", the French tactician said, as quoted by FourFourTwo. The 30-year-old striker has been linked with West Ham United, Everton and Marseille since the arrival of club-record signing Lacazette.

For Arsenal, some positive momentum had already been achieved after beating Chelsea to win the Community Shield, and it continued early Friday, as Lacazette announced his arrival immediately with an unmarked yet hard and instinctive header off Mohamed Elneny's chipped-forward assist to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead.

The win could prove a crucial win for the Gunners, who lost their opening game last season 4-3 to Liverpool - the team that pipped them to fourth place and the final Champions League spot.

Now with a freakish back four of (from right to left) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, and on 83 minutes it came.

To think, we have an entire opening weekend to go yet, as well as an entire season.

He added: "I know how important Giroud is, not only as a player but in the group as well".

"It was a relief Giroud made a decision to stay".

The substitutions nearly paid off as Ramsey was so close to restoring parity for the Gunners with his first touch, heading wide Hector Bellerin's cross from the left flank in the 68th minute. "It was one of the great days".

You've got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.

"But as much as I can I will try to help the team to reach our target and tonight we needed this win as everybody knows the importance of the first game for confidence and we keep going".

Alexandre Lacazette scored with his first shot (and second touch) as a Premier League player.

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that".

The response, however, was exactly what manager Craig Shakespeare would have been hoping for.

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