13 August, 2017
After Aaron Ramsey levelled in the 83rd minute, Giroud sealed the three points within two minutes on an evening of thrilling attacks gifted by fragile defending.
Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud came off the bench snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for Arsenal, who opened the 2017-18 Premier League season with a topsy-turvy 4-3 thriller against Leicester City.
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 worldwide Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.
"I opened the door for him at some stage [to leave], because I know that it's important for him to play", Wenger said in his postgame news conference.
The full-back said: "It is going to be special to play against David, because we were team-mates and he is a top player as well".
Arsenal Wenger on Alexis' injury: "He had a scan two days ago and he's out for a while - we don't know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available".
"Lacazette is simple. In every game he is stronger since he has joined us", Wenger said. "He did very well on the left when we moved him. 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".
Despite only starting 17 games last season in all competitions, Giroud still scored 16 times - including an eye-catching scorpion-style kick against Crystal Palace. "Yeah, we have top quality". "Because one was a corner, one was a goal where we lost the ball in the build-up and the third goal was a corner again. We were quite good past year on corners and overall I believe that with a bit of work we can get that out of the system".
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.