Arsene Wenger: Olivier Giroud passed up chance to leave Arsenal

Mohamed Bouhafsi

But Arsenal fans took to Twitter to express their frustration toward Petr Cech, who's missed attempt to catch the ball led to Shinji Okazaki's equaliser. The Frenchman brought on Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey to improve the attack, and his decision was rewarded as the duo scored in the final ten minutes to bring home Arsenal's second opening day victory in eight seasons.

Alexandre Lacazette's arrival has bumped Giroud even further down the Arsenal pecking order, but having given the 30-year-old the chance to leave, Wenger was thrilled he made a decision to stay.

"I felt that to lose tonight would have been awful for us because we had such good preparation and to sit there in the morning and think we had lost at home would have been bad", he said. Schmeichel's saves were keeping Leicester in front but he was beaten when Ramsey got on the end of Granit Xhaka's cross and, again, when substitute Giroud headed in a corner.

So have Arsenal finally grown a pair and instilled that elusive "winning mentality" into our side?

The Chile worldwide has been linked with a move away from the club this summer with less than a year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium and could walk away for free at the end of the upcoming season.

The Gunners won the FA Cup last season and lifted the Community Shield last weekend after beating Chelsea at Wembley.

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"Well if you were a manager and you would be on the bench when you're 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go, and you win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned".

Wenger said he had given the former Montpellier man the chance to leave but is delighted he opted to stay put.

Jamie Vardy, who turned down a move to Arsenal last season, then put Leicester 2-1 up in the 29th minute.

The veteran goalkeeper's night didn't get any better.

Honestly, you could not have asked for more to open the Premier League season for the 2017-18 campaign. He is adapting to the way we want to play.

"Disappointed the referee didn't give it because he had a great view but then we have to defend the corner given", Shakespeare was quoted as saying by the Independent.

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