Friday, 23 February, 2018

Wenger 'relieved' Giroud has chose to stay

Kristopher Love | 12 August, 2017, 19:15

In the league's first Friday night start, Arsene Wenger's side was trailing 3-2 with seven minutes remaining but Ramsey grabbed the equaliser and Giroud headed in an 85th-minute victor.

Alexandre Lacazette and Shinji Okazaki bagged the first two goals of the season after just a few minutes, and Jamie Vardy and Danny Welbeck added to the scoreline before the end of the first half.

Arsenal's victor also came from a set-piece, with Olivier Giroud heading home.

Heading into the game, Arsenal had won just one of their previous seven opening day fixtures but Welbeck was pleased with the spirit shown to turn this clash in their favour.

After enduring a troubled campaign marred by fan protests against him last season, Wenger desperately needs a strong start this term. For us we thought about the issue of who we wanted to take us forward.

'If you look across the world of football this is a plum position, people want to be manager of Arsenal. "(We had) 70 percent possession, 27 shots on goal, Leicester had three shots on target and scored three so that shows you how efficient they are".

Arsène Wenger expressed his relief that Olivier Giroud, widely considered this summer to be either on the move or a player destined to be not much more than a supersub, remains very much at the heart of life at Arsenal. "He is a fantastic guy as well - committed, he loves the club".

Wenger went on to explain that; "It's impossible to keep all the strikers happy when they don't play, but we have many games and hopefully I can give them all a good number of games. We love him and in the end he chose to stay".

'It wasn't a sentimental decision, it wasn't based on 20 years of history with the club although there is tremendous loyalty which comes with that, but it wasn't a decision made out of loyalty, but out of the qualities the club has and what we feel we need over the next two years to take this club forward'.

"They had chances and then we had to chase".

"Previously in the Premier League we've not got off to the best of starts, so it meant a lot for us to get a good start and get three points today".