Alexandre Lacazette scores just minutes into his Arsenal debut

Sheri Evans
August 13, 2017

However, Arsenal's defensive frailties were exposed when Shinji Okazaki equalised before England striker Jamie Vardy gave the visitors a 29th-minute lead.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expressed "relief" over Olivier Giroud's decision to stay after the France striker earned his side a breathless 4-3 win against Leicester City.

Ghana defender Daniel Amartey has to settle for a place on the Leicester City bench as they play Arsenal in the opening match of the English Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger is hopeful new signing Alexandre Lacazette can follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and transfer his sensational goalscoring ratio into the Premier League.

"Yes", Wenger said in July, as quoted by The Daily Telegraph.

"At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he chose to stay", said Wenger. "They are players with a special mentality and I did not know whether he wanted to move or not". "It was a relief for me he chose to stay".

Arsenal have been relatively quiet on the transfer front this summer, although the business they have done looks shrewd enough.

"It's simple, in every game he is stronger since he joined us", Wenger said. "Because Giroud is in his prime and is at the top of his game".

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Goal.... Arsenal equalises through Welbeck late in the first half.

Arsenal XI: Cech; Holding, Mertesacker, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Elneny, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Welbeck, Lacazette, Ozil. "One was a corner, one on build-up, one on a corner again", he said.

"So we conceded two goals from corner, we were quite good last season on corners".

Furhermore, the 67-year-old expressed his shock at the spending that has gone on elsewhere, with Premier League clubs having recently broken through the £1bn spending barrier this summer. "Yes, but we scored four goals as well and the game was of quality".

Since the start of 2014/15, of players who have scored at least 20 goals in that time, only Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane have a better strike rate. I am going to go for.... We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard.

"He is really loved here, we love him and, in the end, he chose to stay". "But, as much as I can, I try to help the team to reach our targets".

"Whether he does or not, I expect Arsenal to win, but only just".

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