Manchester City at Brighton & Hove Albion, 2017 Premier League: Players to Watch

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

The Frenchman equaled the record for fastest goal on the opening day of the Premier League, a record he shares with former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell who did the same against Manchester City in 1994.

Arsene Wenger has heaped plaudits on Olivier Giroud who scored the victor that ensured Arsenal claimd all three points in their nervy season opening day 4-3 win against Leicester City at the Emirates.

Substitute Aaron Ramsey rifled home to level before Giroud - introduced alongside the Wales worldwide - headed in an 85th-minute victor to settle a breathless encounter in Arsenal's favour.

"Giroud? He's fantastic", Wenger said of the France worldwide, who usually started on the bench last season and had been linked with a move away from The Emirates.

"You know, I must say I opened the door for him at some stage because I know that it's important for him to play".

"It was one of the great days". Arsenal looked unable to handle us at the back, but Leicester in turn couldn't string more than a couple of touches together before giving the ball right back. The spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding.

"I'm very pleased for the team and hope we can carry on". We were not able with those players to find a solution. "He is a collective player, an intelligent player as well".

"Of course now the full-backs are younger, they have energy in their legs and we are going to use them". "Because Giroud is in his prime and is at the top of his game. We have top quality".

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare was good on his word and started Riyad Mahrez, despite the fact the Algeria worldwide has asked to leave the club. "We were able to buy Kyle and there are other English players I'd like to have but we are so happy with what we've done".

After crowning a good pre-season with a win over London rival Chelsea in last week's Community Shield, the Gunners should have been confident going into Friday's contest at the Emirates, reports Efe.

While Leicester brought on Amartey for Okazaki, looking to hold out defensively, Arsenal pushed on with the introduction of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

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