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Giroud rejected chance to leave Arsenal, confirms Wenger

Giroud rejected chance to leave Arsenal, confirms Wenger

With time running out, Arsenal needed some sort of miracle, and they got just that from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Lacazette, a club-record £46.5 million ($60.3 million, 51.1 million euros) signing from Lyon, made a dream start to his home debut by heading Arsenal in front with just 85 seconds on the clock.

Vardy bagged his brace when he capitalised on another piece of poor defending from the home side to fire Leicester into the lead in the 56th minute to make the scores 3-2.

Alexandre Lacazette's arrival has bumped Giroud even further down the Arsenal pecking order, but having given the 30-year-old the chance to leave, Wenger was thrilled he chose to stay.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay". Because I know how important he is, not only as a player - he is a fantastic player - but as well in the group. "It was a relief for me he chose to stay". After winning the most unlikely of EPL trophies, they faded into the mid table and haven't been able to mount anything since.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", said Wenger. "Yeah, we have top quality".

Vardy got himself between two of Arsenal's back three inside the box after a loose pass by Granit Xhaka in his own half fell at the feet of Albrighton.

Arsenal XI: Cech; Holding, Mertesacker, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Welbeck, Lacazette, Ozil.

Arsenal after a victory in the F.A. Community Shield game on Sunday. Credit Tony O’Brien  Reuters
Arsenal after a victory in the F.A. Community Shield game on Sunday. Credit Tony O’Brien Reuters

"I feel absolutely shattered watching that. On the second goal we lost the ball in the build-up and were punished", the 67-year-old added.

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

"We were quite good a year ago on corners". He has proved to be a deadly finisher in his Premier League career, needing just a sniff of a chance.

"For a first game, it was a top-quality game". But you could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England.

It displayed a cool arrogrance that brought back memories of his compatriots Thierry Henry at Arsenal and Eric Cantona at Manchester United. We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard. And why can we not perform in a bloody opening game. "But, as much as I can, I try to help the team to reach our targets".

The post Ndidi, Iheanacho In Action, Iwobi Benched Arsenal Survive Leicester Scare appeared first on Complete Sports Nigeria.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.


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