Arsene Wenger Hopes Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette Can Emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Tonight the Emirates Stadium hosts the opening Premier League fixture of the 17/18 season and Arsenal will be hoping to back up a promising Community Shield victory last weekend with victory tonight against Leicester City.

Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud didn’t take him up on the offer to leave Arsenal.

Wenger reassured that his compatriot Giroud will not be leaving the club this transfer window despite losing his starting role to their record summer signing Alexandre Lacazette who opened his English Premier League goal account in the match against Leicester City.

Arsenal on Friday had to twice come from behind to secure a thrilling win.

“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.

But Ozil returned to training this week and is expected to feature in the opening Premier League game of the season tonight (7.45pm United Kingdom time) when Arsenal host Leicester.

“We were punished on every single mistake by a Leicester team that was very efficient going forward”.

“I love the man and the player”, said Wenger. But I don’t want him to go and in the end he chose to stay. He adapts slowly to the way we want to play.

Despite only starting 17 games last season in all competitions, Giroud still scored 16 times – including an eye-catching scorpion-style kick against Crystal Palace. “(We had) 70 percent possession, 27 shots on goal, Leicester had three shots on target and scored three so that shows you how efficient they are”.

Wenger also stated that lack of focus on the part of his defenders cost Arsenal the first two goals they conceded.

The Frenchman, who has been at the club since 1996, has been given a chance to turn things around despite calls for his head from disgruntled Arsenal fans waiting for a first league title under his stewardship since he led them to the crown in 2004.