Arsène Wenger delighted that Olivier Giroud decided to stay

Danny Rose

Arsene Wenger says he gave Olivier Giroud the opportunity to leave Arsenal this summer, but was happy the striker stayed to deliver the victor in the 4-3 victory over Leicester to open the Premier League season.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and Arsene Wenger made very attacking changes, bringing on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey for Rob Holding and Elneny respectively.

Wenger said he gave Giroud the option to leave for another club this summer in search of more regular playing time but was thrilled when the striker chose to stay.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he chose to stay", Wenger told BBC. I thought the ball would go out as it was flying over me and suddenly there was a player. "It was one of the great days".

"I keep the faith and I still believe I can have an important part to play this season in the club". It was a relief for me he chose to stay.

It seemed like both teams were itching to get on the pitch to score goals.

"It's a long time since we so much quality", Wenger said.


"I love the man and the player".

Instead, they chose to make it hard for themselves again, like they so often do, and as a result, we got one of the games of the season in the first match of the new campaign.

The win could prove a crucial win for the Gunners, who lost their opening game last season 4-3 to Liverpool - the team that pipped them to fourth place and the final Champions League spot. It feels like an eternity for Arsenal since a certain striker uttered those words but two of Thierry Henry's countrymen delivered here as the Premier League got off to another extraordinary start.

"For a first game, it was a top-quality game".

"But you could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England".

The overall experience pleased the forward, who admitted that he is still getting used to a new style of game at the Emirates Stadium.

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, Carragher explained why he's a fan of Giroud.

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