2017-18 Premier League opens season in fashion

Alexis Sanchez

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Speaking after Arsenal's dramatic 4-3 victory over Leicester City where Giroud came off the bench to score a late victor, Wenger was delighted with his forwards attitude. But if Wenger plays two strikers then Giroud, with his physical presence, would be a really good complement to Lacazette, a lethal goalscorer that loves getting the ball inside the box.

We grabbed a vital equaliser in first half injury time as Lacazette's blocked shot fell kindly to Sead Kolasinac who cooly squared for Danny Welbeck to make it 2-2 at the break.

Against a plucky Leicester side at a packed and tense Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger's men scored twice in the last 10 minutes - first through substitute Aaron Ramsey before the much-maligned Giroud headed in the victor off Granit Xhaka's corner.

The Emirates was absolutely hopping at this stage and there was only ever going to be one outcome, the often maligned, Olivier Giroud, like Ramsey before him, came off the bench and scored the victor to send the stadium into raptures.

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Arsene Wenger admits he has an impossible job to keep all of his strikers happy and revealed he was ready to let Friday's matchwinner Olivier Giroud leave the club this summer.

"I opened the door for him [Giroud] at some stage as I had many strikers and it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go", said Wenger. As a game is in 90, that would guarantee you a goal.

"I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets", he said.

But after deciding to stick it out for a sixth season at Arsenal, Giroud was the north London club's match-winner on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign after coming off the bench.

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When Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal's new forward, netted the season's very first goal in the second minute of the game, the tone of the game looked set. His first? The kick-off...

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