Date: 12th August 2017 at 5:38pm
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Olivier Giroud wants to stay at Arsenal this season and he’s hailed the impact he had in the win over Leicester City on Friday evening in our Premier League opener.

Hosting Craig Shakespeare’s side at the Emirates for the first real action of 2017/18, goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Giroud himself gave us the four three victory as we fought back from being three two down and speaking to Sky Sports as he met with the media following the game, Giroud obviously came in for praise for the impact he had off the bench.

With Marseille linked with the player recently, Wenger said Giroud himself wanted to stay this year and battle for the shirt.

‘I love the man and the player because he is a fantastic guy, he is committed and loves the club and he does not want to leave and I am happy that he wants to stay. But at some stage I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers, but he is really loved here and we love him and in the end he decided to stay.’

Speaking about the game, which was far from easy, Wenger knew there had to be improvements though.

‘The first goal was from a short corner and we were not focused enough and on the second goal we lost the ball in the build-up and got punished again. We lacked a bit of experience and we had many experienced defenders out tonight like Per Mertesacker, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny, so overall we looked much more solid defensively at the end of the season.’

Adding.

‘Of course we have top-quality strikers coming back. Aaron Ramsey – I did not want to take a chance with him tonight because he got injured in the first game of last season against Liverpool. So overall I am pleased that he could come on today and not be injured.’

Wenger wouldn’t however be drawn on whether the performance was enough to show Arsenal could make a sustained challenge on the Premier League title this year, as obviously that’s the stated aim.

‘I do not know how good everybody will be, that is the problem now in the league. And on top of that you have six or seven teams who say they can win the league, which makes it interesting.’

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