Arsene Wenger sends message to Arsenal fans about third summer signing

Lacazette quick off the mark to extend opening day record

Players were given a chance to breathe for a bit until Leicester struck again 20 minutes later.

Arsenal and Leicester City kicked off the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign with a seven goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium in North London.

With Giroud replacing Holding, Wenger switched the formation from a 3-4-2-1 to a 4-4-2 with Giroud and Lacazette up front.

After his late goal many Arsenal fans took to social media to react where they stated that Arsene Wenger should never sell the forward, while other supporters compared him to the likes of club legend Thierry Henry.

Giroud has often been a figure of ridicule and has copped plenty of criticism during his tenure in England but his record is one of a dedicated servant to Arsenal.

"I love the man (Giroud) and the player".

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Lacazette had a terrific goal return in France last season, netting 28 strikes in 30 league appearances.

"I opened the door for him, because I knew we had many strikers, but he's really loved here and he chose to stay".

He added: "I know how important Giroud is, not only as a player but in the group as well". He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he made a decision to stay. Giroud had been linked with moves to Marseille, West Ham and Everton over the summer and speculation intensified when striker Alexandre Lacazette arrived at the Emirates with a £52 million price tag, the sort of money which demands game time. You can not keep the strikers happy when they don't play.

The Gunners, who did lift the FA Cup last season, won the first trophy on offer to them last weekend when they beat Chelsea in the Community Shield on penalties at Wembley.

"We kept going and the spirit of the team was absolutely outstanding", Wenger said. We had a lot of experienced defenders out injured for the game.

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. We had some avoidable goals which we conceded and overall we have to work on that.

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