Alexandre Lacazette's Premier League debut highlights Arsenal vs. Leicester

Arsenal dealt Sanchez blow

The Gunners had won just one of their last seven opening-day fixtures and looked destined to start another campaign slowly as the 2015-16 champions took the lead twice only to lose 4-3.

'That's unmanageable so to bring one more player in for the sake of it would be stupid, but if we find an exceptional one, we will do it'.

"Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push", Giroud said.

"But I don't want him to go and in the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is".

"I can not go into the game with too many uncertainties. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay".

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

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.

"Overall we looked better defensively at the end of the [2016-2017] season". "We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard", said Giroud who has vowed to fight for his place.


The 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off on Friday evening as Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium.

In the 29th minute, Jamie Vardy gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage, scoring from close range after a superb ball into the area by Marc Albrighton, who exploited a blunder by Arsenal's Granit Xhaka.

Ozil and Ramsey missed the Gunners' penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield with ankle and calf injuries, respectively, while Mertesacker suffered a head injury during the game against the Blues and was substituted in the first-half.

The hosts' joy was short-lived, however, as Shinji Okazaki equalized for the Foxes within minutes.

But the Gunners boss has also publicly stated he remains confident both Ozil and Sanchez will remain at Arsenal for the upcoming season. "We were a threat and played football and contributed to a thoroughly entertaining game".

Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from Arsenal with the arrival of fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

The Serie A side have now said they will not increase their offer and Shakespeare is happy to have Mahrez in the team.

"After that we get the efficiency".

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