Just a few minutes later, he would net the goal that would secure the win for Arsenal to start the season.
Giroud had been seriously considering his future following the £52 million club record signing of Alexandre Lacazette and Wenger’s certainty but has been persuaded to stay in what is now a “super sub” role.
It was only the second opening day victory in seven seasons for the Gunners who are coming off a torturous campaign that saw them finish outside the Champions League places for the first time in 21 years.
Trailing 2-3, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger substituted Giroud and Aaron Ramsey for Elneny and Rob Holding, respectively, while Leicester City’s Craig Shakespeare pulled Okazaki in favour of defensive midfielder Daniel Amartey.
Arsenal welcomed Leicester City into Emirates Stadium on Friday to get the festivities rolling this season, and it appeared as if everyone would get a chance to use their Arsenal jokes for at least the next week.
“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he made a decision to stay”, said Wenger. I know how important he is not only as a player – he’s a fantastic player – but also in the group he has a big weight.
“It’s simple, in every game he is stronger since he joined us”, Wenger said.
“Top quality game and you want PL to be best in the world and you have to produce games like that”, Wenger told reporters. “We were quite good previous year on corners and overall I believe that with a bit of work we can get that out of the system”.
“So overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and is a collective player and an intelligent player as well”.