Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud: I stayed after listening to my heart

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Giroud got the victor with an 85th-minute header, and he said afterward that Arsenal never doubted they could come back.

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City scores his side's third goal in their Premier League opener, which they ultimately lost 4-3, against Aresnal on Friday night in London. Granit Xhaka's casual pass to Ramsey was masterfully flicked past Schmiechel - two minutes later, the attacker Olivier Giroud, who came in the 67th minute, scored the winning goal, lifting the Gunners to glory.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists match-winner Olivier Giroud will stay at the club this season.

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

The match was a great advert for a league that is already prime box office viewing worldwide but Arsenal's hopes of a first title since 2004 will require some polishing of a rusty defence after Leicester put away half of their chances. "We were quite good last year on corners and with a bit of work we can get that out of our system", added Wenger, who has been given another two years in charge of Arsenal. "Obviously I'm still getting used to the English game, the positives and negatives, shall we say, but I'm learning".

Arsene Wenger also added after the game that he was delighted that the 30-year-old had made a decision to stay at the Emirates, after he had offered him the opportunity to leave. But the 31-year-old Shinji Okazaki was quick to even the score within minutes with a timely assist from Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire.

"When you are a football manager and you're 3-2 down with 20 minutes left, you're happy however you win", he said.

Honestly, you could not have asked for more to open the Premier League season for the 2017-18 campaign.

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.

Wenger, for one, was very impressed after Friday's victory over Leicester where we came from behind to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

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