Cech : Arsenal's goalkeeper hails 'beautiful' Leicester game

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 13, 2017

Arsenal had to come from behind twice to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thriller as the Premier League season got off to a flying start on Friday with Arsene Wenger's substitutions turning the match around at The Emirates.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he gave Olivier Giroud the chance to leave Arsenal this summer, but the powerful striker chose to stay put despite rumoured interest from a number of suitors including Everton.

Arsenal who started without their usual centre back pair of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertasacker went into the lead after just 94 seconds through new signing Alexandre Lacazzette.

But it was not to be.

Nevertheless, it was Arsenal who emerged victorious, as two goals in the final 10 minutes from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud sealed a dramatic victory for the Gunners.

Giroud had been seriously considering his future following the £52 million club record signing of Alexandre Lacazette and Wenger's certainty but has been persuaded to stay in what is now a "super sub" role.

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"Giroud? He's fantastic", Wenger said of the France global, who usually started on the bench last season and had been linked with a move away from The Emirates.

"I opened the door for him at some stage as I had many strikers and it's important for him to play but I don't want him to go".

Wenger further reiterated the point in his written press conference, describing Giroud's decision to remain with Arsenal as a "relief" and "one of the greatest days I've had in recent months". Not only as a player, he's a fantastic player but as well in the group. He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay. "It's a determined no".

"We were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team that was very efficient going forward".

"I felt that to lose tonight would have been bad for us because we had such good preparation and to sit there in the morning and think we had lost at home would have been awful", he said.

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan". "We let in some goals we could have avoided but we'll work to ensure we don't concede any more like that during the season".

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