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13 August, 2017, 11:58 | Author: Joan Malone
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"It was a relief for me he made a decision to stay".

"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.

And so they did, within two minutes.

"Overall we looked better defensively at the end of the [2016-2017] season". 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.

Arsenal's quickfire lead lasted barely three minutes before Marc Albrighton's cross from the left was headed back into the middle by Leicester's new signing Harry Maguire and Okazaki nodded the ball past flailing Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

Shinji Okazaki pulled Leicester level three minutes later, and the Foxes then took the lead through Jamie Vardy in the 29th minute.

But Welbeck had the last word of the first half for the home side when he equalized from close range in added time after new signing Sead Kolasinac's tap forward in a goalmouth melee.

It was Vardy again off a corner kick in early goings of the second half who put Leicester ahead, but as the minutes rolled on and both Ramsey and Giroud came on, it looked like Arsenal would get at least one back.

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But Arsene Wenger's double change turned the game, FA Cup final hero Ramsey drilling in an 83rd-minute equaliser and Giroud notching the victor two minutes later with a header that hit the bar and bounced over the line.

That excuse won't wash with the fans should Arsenal lose at the Emirates this evening.

Instead Leicester remained winless against Arsenal in 22 matches. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes.

"He came out and made a statement which we are all aware of but while he trains and plays and is professional the way he is, he will be considered for selection".

Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from Arsenal with the arrival of fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.

"It's impossible to keep them happy when strikers don't play".

When asked if he expected Mahrez to stay, he said: "Who knows? There were hard moments when we were down and we managed to get out of that and it's great to see".

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