Arsenal Player Ratings: Ozil goes missing, but Kolasinac shines against Leicester

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2017

With 65 minutes on the clock Wenger turned to Ramsey and Giroud, the former nearly making an instant impact by narrowly missing the target when getting on the end of a left-sided cross.

But Giroud made his mark on Arsenal's new campaign on Friday as his late header secured a 4-3 win at home over Leicester City, who had led when the forward came off the bench.

Nevertheless, it was Arsenal who emerged victorious, as two goals in the final 10 minutes from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud sealed a dramatic victory for the Gunners.

Giroud had scored 12 Premier League goals in just 11 starts last season, but Lacazette was selected for Arsenal's opener and netted inside two minutes.

Ever since France striker Alexandre Lacazette joined in July for a club-record 60 million euros ($68 million), the future of compatriot Giroud has been in doubt.

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Jamie Vardy then struck twice, either side of a Danny Welbeck equaliser, as the 2015-16 champions looked for a first league win over Arsenal since 1983 - b ut it was not to be.

"But I don't want him to go and in the end he chose to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is".

Wenger has always been desperate to keep Giroud because he offers something so different with his aerial presence but was also willing to let him leave if he felt that he needed a guarantee that he would start more regularly in this World Cup season. It was one of the great days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

However, Wenger insists that Giroud will remain in north London beyond the end of the transfer window despite being given the opportunity to move on and seek more regular football elsewhere.

Opening weekend activity continues later Saturday with Liverpool visiting Watford in the early match and six other contests starting later.

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