A feast of goals opened the Premier League season when Arsenal twice came from behind to beat Leicester City 4-3 with substitute Olivier Giroud heading a late winner on Friday.
Arsenal’s new signing Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette took 94 seconds to make his mark with a header from Mohamed Elneny’s curling cross to equal the record for the fastest opening goal in a Premier League season.
Shinji Okazaki scored a quick equaliser, Jamie Vardy put Leicester ahead and Danny Welbeck levelled for Arsenal before halftime. Vardy then restored Leicester’s lead at 3-2 early in the second half before goals in the final seven minutes from substitutes Aaron Ramsay and Giroud gave Arsenal victory.
Wenger has said Giroud will not be leaving the club during the transfer window despite apparent interest from Everton and Marseille.
« I love the man and the player, » said Wenger.
« He’s a fantastic guy and he’s committed, so this is one of my best days for a number of weeks.
« At one stage, I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay. It’s determined. »
« Going forward and character wise we have been great, » said a relieved Wenger, who will be seeking a first league title since 2004 after being handed another two years in charge.
« We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that, » he said referring to poor marking in the by his team’s defence.
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 international Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer.
« Obviously I knew that I was going to have a chance so we tried to push. We kept the faith and kept believing in our game to push hard, » said Giroud who has vowed to fight for his place.