Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Friday night's match-winner Olivier Giroud has chose to stay at Arsenal next season, ending interest from Everton, West Ham United and Marseille.
The Frenchman, who has been at the club since 1996, has been given a chance to turn things around despite calls for his head from disgruntled Arsenal fans waiting for a first league title under his stewardship since he led them to the crown in 2004.
Vardy's second goal, a towering header from a corner-kick, looked to have won it for the Foxes until the sensational finale that saw the game swing in Arsenal's favour.
"But at some stage I opened the door for him because I knew that I had many strikers. We love him and in the end he chose to stay".
The France international's future had been in doubt following the club-record arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, with clubs both in England and back in his home country reportedly interested. Manager Arsene Wenger this week revealed that he gave the player the option of leaving, but that he chose to fight for his place.
"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group".
"You come away from home, score three goals and are almost there and then concede two.bitterly disappointed", he said.
Opening weekend activity continues later Saturday with Liverpool visiting Watford in the early match and six other contests starting later. I thought the ball would go out as it was flying over me and suddenly there was a player.