Arsenal Player Ratings: Ozil goes missing, but Kolasinac shines against Leicester

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Arsenal Player Ratings: Ozil goes missing, but Kolasinac shines against Leicester

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.

Late goals from substitutes Giroud and Aaron Ramsey cancelled out Leicester's 3-2 lead and ensured the Gunners kicked off their 2017/18 campaign on a winning note.

The goal also continued Lacazette's phenomenal record in the first game of top-flight seasons over recent years - one he might need to add to after Leicester forwards Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy turned the game on its head.

"Character wise, we have been great tonight".

Craig Shakespeare's side boasted numerous players, and characteristics, that saw them shock the world to win the title in 2015/16.

"You know, I must say I opened the door for him at some stage because I know that it's important for him to play".

Giroud has been relegated to the bench following Alexandre Lacazette joining for £53million
Giroud has been relegated to the bench following Alexandre Lacazette joining for £53million

"Even when I played Giroud through the middle and him on the left he did very well on the left". "He is a fantastic guy as well - committed, he loves the club". But I don't want him to go and in the end he made a decision to stay. In the end he chose to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

Vardy had better luck soon after, though, this time climbing highest to pick out the far corner of the net with his head from a corner to double his personal tally for the night.

Lacazette was off the mark in Arsenal colours with just his second touch of the ball - the first being from kickoff - as he nodded home 10 yards out from a first-time Mohamed Elneny cross.

"It's simple, in every game he is stronger since he joined us", Wenger said. I then wanted Wilfred and Daniel Amartey to get up close to their midfield players and for Iheanacho to have the space in the last ten minutes to get on the back of Granit Xhaka.

Asked about Arsenal's title chances, Wenger said: "There are six or seven teams who can win the league".

Now with a weird back four of (from right to left) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin, Arsenal pushed for an equaliser, and on 83 minutes it came. "I didn't want to take a gamble with Ramsey and glad he didn't get injured".

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