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Wenger: Giroud passed up chance to leave

Wenger: Giroud passed up chance to leave

Less than two minutes into the game, Lacazette announced his arrival to the Premier League with goal as Arsenal took an early lead in the opening game of the season.

The guests needed only 10 minutes to regain their lead after the restart as Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez's cross to score his side's third goal and complete his brace. Both teams played fantastic and poorly throughout the 90 minutes, but Arsenal found just a bit more late, and an Olivier Giroud goal gave the Gunners all 3 points.

"Once again, we had to come back and the team showed it was very well prepared because it could cope with the unpleasant situation", said Cech. And in the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

Giroud outmuscled Harry Maguire to meet Granit Xhaka's corner with a strong header that hit the bar and bounced behind the line before Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could club it away.

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare has slammed referee Mike Dean for missing Mesut Ozil's handball.

The Frenchman wants to see the Gunners' record signing Alexandre Lacazette emulate what the 35-year-old former Sweden worldwide striker did in the Premier League.

Giroud, who had a hard time getting into the starting XI last season as Wenger preferred to play Alexis Sanchez as the lone striker, has been vocal in his desire to play more games from start.

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The selectors chose to rest four frontline bowlers - Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja. Rohit had been rested from the tour of Windies after the Champions Trophy, the last limited-overs series India played.

The future of Alexis Sanchez is unclear but Wenger has suggested he is prepared to keep the striker for a season and then let him leave on a free if he will not sign a £300,000-a-week contract.

Vardy scored just before the hour mark to make it 3-2, Aaron Ramsey rallied Arsenal with a goal seven minutes at time to make it 3-3.

Arsenal's new striker Alexandre Lacazette is the proud joint record-holder for the fastest goal scored on a Premier League opening day.

"We had quite a few chances". I got back late, I should have handled this better.

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

He added: "Our character was great because we were twice down and came back".


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