Olivier Giroud Passed Up Opportunity to Leave Arsenal, Arsene Wenger Says

Olivier Giroud Passed Up Opportunity to Leave Arsenal, Arsene Wenger Says

Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi started for Leicester City as Arsenal came back from 2-1 down to beat the Foxes 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller in the opening game of the English Premier League on Friday night, reports.

Vardy scored again in the second half before much-maligned manager Arsene Wenger would make two critical substitutions, bringing in striker Olivier Giroud for Rob Holding and Aaron Ramsey to replace Mohamed Elneny with just over 20 minutes left in the game.

Leicester moved in front through Jamie Vardy just before the half-hour, but the Gunners made it 2-2 going into the break with Danny Welbeck opening his season account in injury time.

He also hailed record signing Lacazette who became the seventh Arsenal player to score on his Premier League debut. "Tonight we needed this win and everyone knows the first game is important for the confidence".

"We were never close [to a transfer]", Wenger said of the Algerian.

"Next season, for the next three or four years", the 46-year-old stated. "Manchester City will sign one, two, maybe three players but we are not going to do what happened this season." . He is a fantastic guy who loves the club.

"I nearly provided an assist to him and he was also very impressive on the flanks". We love him and in the end he chose to stay.

"The first goal was from a short corner and we were not focused enough".

"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". We had a lot of experienced defenders out injured for the game.

Pep Guardiola says the pair are recovering well but feels Saturday's tea-time kick off against Chris Hughton's side has come to soon for them to be involved.

With the Premier League set to return this evening, Arsenal fans will be hoping for not only a few wins in the coming weeks, but another couple of signings coming in. "I didn't want to take a gamble with Ramsey and glad he didn't get injured". 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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