Arsène Wenger praises match-winner Olivier Giroud for staying at Arsenal

Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

Wenger braced for knife-edge Arsenal season

"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.

Giroud proved to be the hero of the opening night of the 2017-18 Premier League season on Friday (11 August), demonstrating trademark strength to hold off centre-backs Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan to head home the winning goal in a thrilling 4-3 home defeat of plucky Leicester City.

The Gunners trailed 3-2 with seven minutes to go before Aaron Ramsey and Giroud swung the game back in the home side's favour at a euphoric Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal's new signing Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette took 94 seconds to make his mark with a header from Mohamed Elneny's curling cross to equal the record for the fastest opening goal in a Premier League season.

After that, though, Leicester City had the Gunners on the ropes for most of the game, taking a 3-2 lead in the second half off of Jamie Vardy's second goal of the match.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has claimed that something in his soul and heart told him to stay at the club beyond this summer. Arsenal record-signing Alexandre Lacazette got off to a flawless by scoring inside two minutes of kickoff.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he made a decision to stay", said Wenger.

"It is fantastic", Wenger replied when asked about Giroud's willingness to fight for his place.

However, Wenger insists that Giroud will remain in north London beyond the end of the transfer window despite being given the opportunity to move on and seek more regular football elsewhere.

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

"We were quite good past year on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system".