Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Arsene Wenger explains precisely why he has given up on Riyad Mahrez

Arsenal’s Rob Holding is a promising prospect in defence Arsenal’s Rob Holding is a promising prospect in defence
Kristopher Love | 13 August, 2017, 14:55

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. An equalizer by Aaron Ramsey was followed by a header from fellow substitute Giroud sealing a 4-3 victory over the 2016 champions.

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner". I had not made a decision to stay or to go. "I don't think I would have started him", he said. "It was a big opportunity for me". Arsene Wenger chose to go for it and introduced Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud after 67 minutes and the pair both scored in the final seven minutes, keeping the points in north London after a dramatic first game of the season.

After Arsenal's Wembley win on Sunday, Wenger admitted he was looking to trim his squad before the transfer window closes.

Lacazette can integrate well into the game we want to play with his movement, combination, technical quality and efficiency, Wenger told Sky Sports.

Giroud was on the pitch for nearly half an hour against Leicester with the 26-year-old Lacazette, who joined from Lyon.

"It was very clear by showing what he did previous year was not enough for him", he said. "We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard", said Giroud who has vowed to fight for his place.

"It's simple, in every game he is stronger since he joined us", Wenger said.

Now with a weird back four of (from right to left) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, and on 83 minutes it came. The defense will need to become firmer if far sterner opponents than Leicester are to be beaten.

"We're not going to be too down-hearted". 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.

"We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that", he said referring to poor marking in the by his team's defence. We are getting a good price on this bet and as a result that is my pick for this game.