Wenger: I'm relieved that Giroud stayed

Arsenal 4 Leicester 3 Petr Cech reveals why he's not happy
GETTY Petr Cech was not happy to concede three soft goals
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13 August, 2017

"Once again, we had to come back and the team showed it was very well prepared because it could cope with the unpleasant situation", said Cech.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud staked a claim for a starting place with the victor in a thrilling season-opening 4-3 victory over Leicester City in the Premier League on Friday.

Against a plucky Leicester side at a packed and tense Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger's men scored twice in the last 10 minutes - first through substitute Aaron Ramsey before the much-maligned Giroud headed in the victor off Granit Xhaka's corner.

Arsenal appeared a step behind defensively, ceding possession nearly uncontested at moments, and Marc Albrighton would make them pay, jumping on a misplayed ball from Arsenal and sending a handsome cross to Jamie Vardy who would put it away to give Leicester City their first lead of the campaign.

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to level with eight minutes remaining before Giroud wrapped up the points.

In the 29th minute, Jamie Vardy gave the visitors a 2-1 advantage, scoring from close range after a superb ball into the area by Marc Albrighton, who exploited a blunder by Arsenal's Granit Xhaka.

The impressive Vardy scored his second in the 53rd minute to put Leicester in front once more, curling Riyad Mahrez's corner into the bottom far corner amid poor Arsenal marking.

"It is fantastic", Wenger replied when asked about Giroud's willingness to fight for his place.

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, b ut as well in the group - he has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he chose to stay".

"We were quite good a year ago on corners and I believe with a bit of work, we can get that out of the system".

Cech, who holds the Premier League record for clean sheets, admitted that conceding three goals at home was not "an ideal start". He adapts slowly to the way we want to play.

To think, we have an entire opening weekend to go yet, as well as an entire season.


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