Giroud: Arsenal 'kept the faith' in wild win

Arsenal had to come from behind twice to beat Leicester City 4-3 in a thriller as the Premier League season got off to a flying start on Friday with Arsene Wenger's substitutions turning the match around at The Emirates. Giroud is in his prime, at the top of his game. "I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group".

Arsenal signing Alexandre Lacazette launched his Premier League career in style by heading in the opener after 94 seconds.

Everton have been tipped to move for him as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United last month. Following a short corner on the left, Marc Albrighton's deep cross was headed back across goal by Harry Maguire and Okazaki leapt to nod a header past Petr Cech.

Vardy notched his second of the evening with a fine glancing header from a Riyad Mahrez corner on 56 minutes to give Craig Shakespeares side a slender advantage.

"If you were a manager and you were on the bench, 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go and you win 4-3, you're more happy than concerned you know". We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that.

"With the first corner, we were late".

"You have to take some positives", he said. I thought Rob Holding might get hooked, as he's looked the most uncomfortable in an Arsenal back three that struggled collectively on the back foot throughout the first half. "We're disappointed to score three and come away with a defeat".

However, following yesterday's opening Premier League encounter against Leicester City, a game in which Giroud scored the victor, he confirmed he meant to stay at Arsenal.

Sanchez, who scored 30 goals last season, is set to miss Arsenal's trip to Stoke City. It might not have been the best defensive display but going forward we looked much better and that's reflected in my choice for the man of the match. We encourage him to do that. "[With] Ozil [too], we have plenty of the same type of players", he said, as reported by the Evening Standard. Other than being a bit indecisive in the lead up to Leicester's goal he had another very good performance.

Vanessa Coleman