No change to Alexis Sanchez situation says Arsene Wenger

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"I love the man and the player because he's a fantastic guy. committed (and) he loves the club", Wenger said. We have many games and hopefully I can give games to all the strikers.

"After that, let's take it game by game - go to Stoke - then to Liverpool, who are as well one of the teams who want to win the Premier League".

The presence of Lacazette among forward options including Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, who impressed and netted Arsenal's second, led Wenger into a frank conversation with Giroud.

The 30-year old put his side 2-1 ahead of Arsenal in the 29th minute after a goal from Okazaki had cancelled Lacazette's opener.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made two impactful substitutions as he brought on Giroud and Aaron Ramsey in the 67th minute in place of Mohamed Elneny and Rob Holding.

It's fantastic. I must say I opened the door for him at some stage because I know that it's important for him to play, but I don't want him to go and in the end he chose to stay.

The fightback did happen however with Ramsey (83rd minute) and Giroud (85th minute) securing a 4-3 opening night win for the Gunners.

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The fans will hope that the striking symbolism - Lacazette scoring Arsenal's and the EPL's first goal of the season on his debut - is an omen for good things to come this season.

Amid the joy - and relief - of victory, there was nonetheless plenty to concern Wenger, not least the manner in which his side conceded all three goals.

Arsenal is not just pursuing a first league title since 2004 but also a return to the top four - and Champions League qualification - after finishing fifth in May.

Time and time again he has proved himself an effective substitute in the latter stages of games meaning his goal-per-minute ratio compares to some of league's most respected forwards in history.

"There were some mistakes and I think we lacked a bit of experience".

Now with a freaky back four of (from right to left) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, and on 83 minutes it came.

Honestly, you could not have asked for more to open the Premier League season for the 2017-18 campaign.

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