Wenger lauds Giroud after thrilling win over Leicester

Manchester United reject Tottenham bid for Anthony Martial on the eve of Premier League opener

Manchester United reject Tottenham bid for Anthony Martial on the eve of Premier League opener

In the league's first Friday night start, Arsenal side was trailing 3-2 with seven minutes remaining but substitute duo of Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud scored in 83rd and 85th minute respectively to give Gunners all three points and a 4-3 win.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game during the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London.

ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger said one of the "great days of recent weeks" was when striker Olivier Giroud passed up on the chance to leave the club. "That's how it came about but I think it was perhaps too early to celebrate because we didn't know how the match was going to pan out".

"He made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me. I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group".

Giroud outmuscled Harry Maguire to meet Granit Xhaka's corner with a strong header that hit the bar and bounced behind the line before Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could club it away.

The Arsenal veteran didn't cover himself in glory against Leicester City.

The new signing Alexandre Lacazette kicked off the party with his first Arsenal goal within 90 seconds.

When pressed if the forward could leave before the end of the transfer Wenger responded emphatically: "No".

The Frenchman grabbed a hat trick on the opening day of last season while he was still at Lyon and his opening day record far eclipses his current Arsenal teammates'.

"He is an intelligent player who can integrate our game well as we have a game backed on mobility, technique".

Oh Premier League football, we've missed you very much.

Leicester then broke the tie in the 29th minute as top scorer from Leicester's Premier League winning season, Jamie Vardy opened his 2017-18 account with a stunning volley with his left foot.

"At the moment, sitting here, I've got a dejected dressing room".

"I'm always looking for the positives, we came to the Emirates and the players executed the game plan".

The first touch from the 60 million euro (US$71 million) signing was at kick-off.