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Arsenal v Leicester City: probable lineups - Gunners could be without star duo

Serge Aurier has been put up for sale with Chelsea and Manchester United leading the chase Serge Aurier has been put up for sale with Chelsea and Manchester United leading the chase Credit AFP Getty Images
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 11:55

Substitute Aaron Ramsey rifled home to level before Giroud - introduced alongside the Wales global - headed in an 85th-minute victor to settle a breathless encounter in Arsenal's favour.

"He doesn't want to leave and I'm happy he wants to stay".

"He made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of recent weeks for me". At one stage, I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he made a decision to stay.

"The Arsenal subs proved super subs as they inflicted defeat on Leicester. Ramsey scored in the 83rd minute, f" Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push.

Both Ramsey and Giroud played big parts in the win for Arsenal, as both ended up on the scoresheet.

"But I don't want him to go".

"We started really well and I thought we could stay in control".

"The first goal is on a short corner, we were not focused enough".

Alexandre Lacazette is in line to make his first Premier League start and all eyes will be on the Frenchman as he looks to justify the club-record fee Arsenal spent bringing him from Lyon.

"We haven't been able to beat them yet but there's always a first time and it would be nice to think it would be Friday night". With Giroud replacing Holding, Wenger switched the formation from a 3-4-2-1 to a 4-4-2 with Giroud and Lacazette up front.

The lead lasted three minutes before Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire headed Marc Albrighton's cross from the left back into the middle and Shinji Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.

But Welbeck had the last word of the first half for the home side when he equalised from close range in added time after new signing Sead Kolasinac's tap forward in a goalmouth melee.

But the Gunners rallied right until the very end and substitutesRamsey and iroud turned the game on its head in the final 10 minutes.

However, Arsenal's fans' joy was short-lived.

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare was also pleased - even if the Foxes headed back to the East Midlands with nothing to show for their evening's endeavour.

Wenger revealed after Friday's win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.