Arsenal's new €53 million man enjoys dream start to Premier League life

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

But after deciding to stick it out for a sixth season at Arsenal, Giroud was the north London club's match-winner on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign after coming off the bench.

"I think last season was such a disruptive season, I didn't like it".

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to head a late victor after Aaron Ramsey had brought Arsenal level at 3-3 following a Jamie Vardy double for the visitors.

Leicester's heroes of 2015/16 teamed up to give Leicester a 3-2 lead after the restart when want-away Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez set up Vardy for his second of the match. Jamie struct again in the 56th minute to make 3-2 for The Foxes before Aaron Ramsey's 83rd and Giroud's 85th minutes goals prove decisive at the Emirates Stadium.

"Character wise, we have been great tonight".

Record signing Alexander Lacazette opened his account within two minutes of the kick-off, but the home side's lead was nearly immediately rubbed out as Shinji Okazaki equalised minutes later before Jamie Vardy put the visitors in front after half an hour.

"I love the man (Giroud) and the player".

"It's impossible to keep them happy when strikers don't play". "He is a fantastic guy as well - committed, he loves the club".

"It's simple, in every game he is stronger since he joined us", Wenger said. In the end he chose to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

Wenger also stated that lack of focus on the part of his defenders cost Arsenal the first two goals they conceded. It was one of the great days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

"The first goal was from a short corner and we were not focused enough". But Leicester, which so astonishingly won the league in 2016, couldn't hold on for its first win at Arsenal since 1973.

"Top quality game and you want PL to be best in the world and you have to produce games like that", Wenger told reporters.

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