Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Arsene Wenger praises his team's spirt after stunning comeback

Arsene Wenger praises his team's spirt after stunning comeback

But Shinji Okazaki immediately responded with a nifty header to tie the game back up just three minutes later.

After that, though, Leicester City had the Gunners on the ropes for most of the game, taking a 3-2 lead in the second half off of Jamie Vardy's second goal of the match. Just a few minutes later, he would net the goal that would secure the win for Arsenal to start the season.

"I opened the door for him, because I knew we had many strikers, but he's really loved here and he made a decision to stay".

"Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push".

The long-serving Arsenal boss revealed he offered Giroud the opportunity to depart this summer but is delighted the 30-year-old has opted to stay and fight for his place.

"Leicester had three shots on target and scored three goals, so that shows you how efficient they were, but overall I must say if you look at that from a neutral point of view, for the first game it was a top-quality match". It was one of the great days for me in recent weeks [when he said he would stay].

"So we conceded two goals from corner, we were quite good last season on corners".

Rumours persist that Sanchez will leave before the window closes, with Wenger suggesting he will also miss the trip to Stoke next weekend. It was that man Vardy again who headed home from a Riyad Mahrez corner and you just have to wonder what the Gunners' defence was thinking as they let Vardy go completely undetected.

Arsenal were without regulars Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi against Leicester.

Okazaki, who headed home by the far post from a short corner, was pleased he scored on opening night but was not about to get carried away.

Carragher was speaking shortly after Giroud had helped Arsenal to an incredible comeback win against Leicester at the Emirates. They all deserve to play at that level'.

In yesterday's early game, Watford defender Miguel Britos scrambled in a stoppage-time equalizer to grab a 3-3 draw against Liverpool in an absorbing encounter.

"After that, we get the efficiency".

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