Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Arsène Wenger praises match-winner Olivier Giroud for staying at Arsenal

Arsène Wenger praises match-winner Olivier Giroud for staying at Arsenal

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has described his side's 4-3 loss at Arsenal as "very disappointing", but believes that the Foxes can build on their performance at the Emirates Stadium.

Vardy thought he was spoiling the Emirates Stadium party with his second goal in the 56th minute as groans were heard across North London. "As a game is 90, that would guarantee you a goal", Wenger said.

The Foxes finished 12th a year ago, and they're hoping for better this time around.

Giroud scored the winning penalty in the Community Shield last Sunday and, having finished last season with the best goalscoring ratio of any Arsenal striker, continued that form by coming on last night to clinch victory in a dramatic seven-goal thriller. Holding is a great prospect but he had one of those games where he struggled against the threat of Jamie Vardy and Okazaki. Somehow they got more than that.

There were glimpses that this season will be about much more than just settling for midtable obscurity for Leicester.

That held until Arsenal took advantage of a lapse of discipline from Leicester right before halftime.

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The first game of the season already looks like a contender for game of the season.

"We're gonna win the league!" sang the Leicester fans and they nearly had a third goal to cheer when Okazaki's header from Christian Fuchs's cross bounced just wide of Cech's left-hand post.

It has been just over three months since Antonio Conte completed Chelsea's turnaround from finishing 10th in the 2015/16 campaign to be crowned champions in the 2016/17 season and now Premier League is back again for its 25th edition. The first was a kick off.

The 67-year-old Frenchman said: "I had an impact on the season, because at some stage the players came to see me and said: 'What's going on boss?"

Lacazette's goalscoring ability is one thing, but his ability to link up with Arsenal's other attackers inside the box is an added bonus.

"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.

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