Arsenal score two late goals for comeback win vs. Leicester City

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Arsenal welcomed Leicester City into Emirates Stadium on Friday to get the festivities rolling this season, and it appeared as if everyone would get a chance to use their Arsenal jokes for at least the next week.

Giroud had been linked with an exit during the summer, and Wenger admitted he considered allowing his most authentic target man to leave but the 30-year-old resisted the idea.

"Giroud? He's fantastic", Wenger said of the France global, who usually started on the bench last season and had been linked with a move away from The Emirates. It was one of the great days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

"It is a relief and I believe as well a reminder to the players that they have hurdles on the way and that we can get round it, like tonight so that is quite positive. Giroud in his prime is at the top of his game".

Arsenal are now unbeaten in 22 Premier League games against Leicester City - winning 15 and drawing seven - and they have won 11 successive Premier League home games against the Foxes.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", Wenger said.

As Arsenal fans went berserk, Lacazette's celebration was fitting as he simply stood in place with his arms outstretch and a beaming smile while his teammates mobbed him just left of the penalty spot. "So overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and is a collective player and an intelligent player as well".

Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France global Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer. The defense will need to become firmer if far sterner opponents than Leicester are to be beaten.

"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". I'm disappointed with the handball in the build up, but once the corner's given you have to defend it better.

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