Okazaki nets as Leicester lose to Arsenal in Premier League opener


Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his Arsenal players after they were forced to come from behind twice to take a 4-3 win over Leicester in the Premier League curtain raiser for the 2017-18 season.

The Frenchman, 67, eventually signed a new two-year contract extension in May following an end to a campaign which finished on a high with victory in the FA Cup final after failing to secure Champions League qualification for the first time under his nearly 21-year reign.

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.

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

"But I don't want him to go".

"He has a big weight in this squad, and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

The post Premier League Opener: Arsenal Edge City In Seven-Goal Thriller appeared first on Channels Television. "Because Giroud is in his prime and is at the top of his game. We have top quality".

Wenger, who has repeatedly insisted the Chile global will stay in north London, was eager to stress that Sanchez's absence from training was due to an abdominal strain he picked up before the game against Chelsea in the Community Shield.

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"We were quite good a year ago on corners. I feel that with a bit of work we can get that out of our system".

Craig Shakespeare: "The Premier League is the most competitive league in the world and Arsenal are one of the best clubs in it, year after year they've shown their consistency".

"For a first game, it was a top-quality game". But the 31-year-old Shinji Okazaki was quick to even the score within minutes with a timely assist from Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire. Neville said on Sky Sports.

Wenger said, 'We are open to an exceptional player.

"We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard. We were a threat and played football and contributed to a thoroughly entertaining game".

On his super-sub role, he added: "That's a nice start, but obviously I prefer to be on the pitch".