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Alexandre Lacazette starts for Arsenal in season curtain-raiser against Leicester

13 August 2017

Giroud's clever header in the 85th minute secured the points after Lacazette had taken just 94 seconds to make his mark with a header from Mohamed Elneny's curling cross, equalling the record for the fastest opening goal in a Premier League season.

But Wenger revealed after the dramatic clash that Giroud "decided to stay" at the Emirates and he is "really loved" at the club.

Giroud, 30, started just 11 Premier League matches last season and scored 12 goals.

Lacazette can integrate well into the game we want to play with his movement, combination, technical quality and efficiency, Wenger told Sky Sports. "I know how important he is not only as a player but also in the group". Yes, they've lost some players too, but they still have the prolific Sergio Aguero and have a squad capable of challenging in the Premier League and Champions League. "As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal (in every game)".

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The 23-year-old England international has struggled to secure a regular place since arriving at Arsenal six years ago, but Wenger believes the winger has the potential to become a great player.

Ahead of his side's Community Shield penalty shoot out victory over Chelsea, though Sanchez sustained the knock and will now absent for the games against Leicester and Stoke City.

"I can't tell you that at the moment", he said.

Asked if he expected Al-Khelaifi to get in touch, Wenger replied: "No, no. I think if you read the French papers, they are on Mbappe's case to finish their transfer market".

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Alexandre Lacazette opened up the scoring on a fantastic header and after two let downs from Leicester City that gave the Foxes the lead, Danny Welbeck equalized before half.

One of those was from playmaker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who, from the start, played the game with an attacking mentality and created a number of incredible chances.

"I suppose for Arsenal the big question is when Sanchez comes back, is he a replacement for Sanchez?"

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