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Alexandre Lacazette Quick Off The Mark To Extend Opening Day Record

Alexandre Lacazette Quick Off The Mark To Extend Opening Day Record

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 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.

Arsene Wenger also added after the game that he was delighted that the 30-year-old had made a decision to stay at the Emirates, after he had offered him the opportunity to leave.

The Gunners came from behind twice to win 4-3 and start the season with a win in front of their home supporters.

Although Arsenal signed off in May by lifting the FA Cup, a fifth-place finish ensured the north London club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades.

Speaking after Arsenal's dramatic 4-3 victory over Leicester City where Giroud came off the bench to score a late victor, Wenger was delighted with his forwards attitude. "I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group".

"But as much as I can I will try to help the team to reach our target and tonight we needed this win as everybody knows the importance of the first game for confidence and we keep going".

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He scored off a Willian assist and then helped David Luiz to a goal with five minutes to play. 'We didn't lose the balance'. Antonio Conte must have had some words with his side at half-time because Chelsea emerged energised after the break.

The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette will likely relegate Giroud to the status of a benchwarmer this season but the 30-year-old proved his worth with a towering header in the 85th minute.

"He chose to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me". He called Arsenal versus Leicester a microcosm of the Gunners' typical Premier League seasons: a strong start, a dip in the middle and a brilliant finish.

There's so many strikers down the years who have been that backup striker who have played a major part in the season.

We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said: "We've had this a few times here".

The last player to score a goal faster on their Premier League debut was Thievy Bifouma, who came on for his Premier League debut for West Brom at half-time and scored after just 36 seconds in a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace in February 2014.