Arsenal's new €53 million man enjoys dream start to Premier League life

Alexis Sanchez Arsene Wenger

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late victor as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Wenger revealed after the win that he offered Giroud the chance to leave the club this summer, but that the striker opted to stay, much to the delight of the manager.

On Sanchez and Ozil's final year of contract, Wenger said: "When a player goes into the final year of their contract we will try to extend the contract because there is no reason we shouldn't do it, but we are not there yet".

"It was one of the great days". He's a fantastic player, but as well he has a big weight in this squad.

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

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

Arsenal's new signing Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette took 94 seconds to make his mark with a header from Mohamed Elneny's curling cross to equal the record for the fastest opening goal in a Premier League season.

However, they will be without Alexis Sanchez, who has been ruled out for the first two weeks of the season amid rumours he is agitating for an exit.

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While the likes of Serie A side Roma are believed to have had bids rejected for the player, Wenger insists Arsenal were never interested.

"He came out and made a statement which we are all aware of but while he trains and plays and is professional the way he is, he will be considered for selection". "He is an intelligent player who can integrate our game well as we have a game backed on mobility, technique".

Amid the joy - and relief - of victory, there was nonetheless plenty to concern Wenger, not least the manner in which his side conceded all three goals.

Petr Cech was largely at fault, coming off his line but getting nowhere near Marc Albrighton's deep cross as Foxes debutant Harry Maguire headed back across goal for Okazaki to nod in.

Olivier Giroud celebrates his winning goal against Leicester yesterday.

Alas, not long into the second period, the Arsenal defence was broken once again as 30-year-old Vardy headed in confidently from Riyad Mahrez's corner.

"Every manager's nightmare is to lose players in the last 24 hours or on the day of the window (closing) and you can't get replacements in", Shakespeare told reporters of the August 31 transfer deadline day. "Watching them in training and talking to them I think we have the balance right as well, but we all know it is a results business and we must be ready for Friday".

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive - from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up - before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka's corner.

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