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Granit Xhaka's casual pass to Ramsey was masterfully flicked past Schmiechel - two minutes later, the attacker Olivier Giroud, who came in the 67th minute, scored the winning goal, lifting the Gunners to glory. And in the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

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.

It brings him level with former Arsenal favourite Kevin Campbell, who breached Manchester City swiftly at Highbury in 1994, while Colombia great Faustino Asprilla also punished Sheffield Wednesday in the second minute of the 1997-98 campaign while at Newcastle United.

Record signing Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead after only 85 seconds at the Emirates Stadium, before a Shinji Okazaki header and a Jamie Vardy brace saw 2016 champions Leicester go 2-1 and then 3-2 up.

"Lacazette is simple - in every game he's stronger since he joined us", said Wenger, who had seen his side lose at home in three of their previous four opening league fixtures.

"Not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but 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". Giroud is in his prime, at the top of his game. "Yeah, we have top quality".

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Wenger's gamble to field a back three featuring one recognised centre-back collapsed in a display of complete defensive incompetence.

"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.

"We're gonna win the league!" sang the Leicester fans and they nearly had a third goal to cheer when Okazaki's header from Christian Fuchs's cross bounced just wide of Cech's left-hand post. "With a bit of work we can get that out of the system".

"You want the Premier League to be the best league in the world and I think it has to produce these kind of games to produce interest and quality", he added.

"Even if people will say, OK we conceded three goals".

"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". We encourage him to do that. "Tonight we needed this win and everyone knows the first game is important for the confidence".

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