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

Lacazette quick off the mark to extend opening day record

Lacazette quick off the mark to extend opening day record

"He chose to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me".

"I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Jack Wilshere back, Mesut Ozil - we have plenty of the same type of players".

"I hope Arsenal stay strong and say "we don't need your money, we need you here to get us back where we want to be and then you can go on a free".

"But I don't want him to go and in the end he chose to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is".

"But I don't want him to go. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay". "We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that".

Giroud was dropped to the bench in favour of new signing Alexandre Lacazette - who opened the scoring after less than two minutes - but showed again that he can have a big impact as a super sub for the Gunners.

Wenger, who has repeatedly insisted the Chile global will stay in north London, was eager to stress that Sanchez's absence from training was due to an abdominal strain he picked up before the game against Chelsea in the Community Shield.

But Welbeck had the last word of the first half for the home side when he equalized from close range in added time after new signing Sead Kolasinac's tap forward in a goalmouth melee.

Leicester re-took the lead on 58 minutes, with Vardy heading home Riyad Mahrez's corner.

But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equaliser and Giroud notching the victor two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line.

Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the victor from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line.

The Arsenal netminder was caught in no man's land for Leicester's opener as Okazaki sent a looping header into the net. Former Everton striker, now with Manchester United finished second on 25 goals while Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez scored 24 to hold the third position. "But we have all the other players prepared in pre-season and they are all ready".

"We encourage our midfield players to play balls in behind".

But Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare also struck a bullish note in his pre-match press conference despite the fact he'll be without the injured Vicente Iborra, Danny Drinkwater and Robert Huth.

Mahrez, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past 12 months, had been a target for Roma.

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