Arsenal were never close to signing Riyad Mahrez - Wenger

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

At one stage I opened the door for him to go as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he chose to stay.

Vardy scored again in the second half before much-maligned manager Arsene Wenger would make two critical substitutions, bringing in striker Olivier Giroud for Rob Holding and Aaron Ramsey to replace Mohamed Elneny with just over 20 minutes left in the game.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare couldn't have imagined Wenger would have the Gunners completely abandon center backs.

Kelechi Iheanacho, the £25m summer signing from Manchester City, is only fit enough to start on the bench, as Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki lead the attacking line.

Giroud scores the dramatic victor to save Arsenal, a simply sensation moment and Leicester has their hearts broken again against Arsenal with a late goal scored against them.

"You could see that this team has quality and is used to playing together, but (we had) 70 per cent possession with 27 shots on goal".

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

It was the familiar championship-winning connection that did it, with Vardy heading home Mahrez's corner kick to beat Arsenal's zonal defensive approach and make it 3-2 to the Foxes in the 56th minute.

We started really well, we got the first goal and I thought it was the moment where we could control the game but then we made mistakes and they punished us.

Giroud certainly put a strong case for his inclusion against Stoke City next weekend and as reported by Metro the big man has told his boss that he wants to start more games, but will Wenger agree that he should? "He did very well on the left when we moved him. Tonight we needed this win and everyone knows the first game is important for the confidence".

The Premier League debut of Lacazette should help offset Arsenal's loss of Alexis Sanchez, who will not face Leicester because of an abdominal strain. I got back late, I should have handled this better.

The Premier League is back, and it's back with a bang.

Arsenal is not just pursuing a first league title since 2004 but also a return to the top four " and Champions League qualification " after finishing fifth in May.

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