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Arsene Wenger hopes Alexandre Lacazette can emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger hopes Alexandre Lacazette can emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud opted to stay at Arsenal this summer after the striker scored the victor in Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester.

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.

Jamie Vardy - who has now scored five goals against the Gunners in his last six appearances - grabbed his first of the night on the half-hour mark to give the Foxes the lead, but Arsenal equalised on the stroke of half-time through Danny Welbeck.

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to level with eight minutes remaining before Giroud wrapped up the points.

Giroud came big for the Gunners once again.

The 30-year-old has been linked with West Ham, Everton and Marseille since the arrival of club-record signing Lacazette.

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Giroud then sent the previously despondent Arsenal fans wild when he headed the 85th minute victor from a corner, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel only managing to turn the ball onto the underside of the bar before it bounced over the line.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy that he wants to stay". It was a relief for me he made a decision to stay.

The 2016 PFA Player of the Season had always been linked with a move to the Gunners and looks set to leave the Foxes this term, however it seems that Arsene Wenger is not keen.

"There were hard moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see".

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

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a ball we lost in the build-up and we conceded two goals on corners". We encourage our midfield players to play balls in behind.