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"He's a fantastic guy as well, committed and loves the club".

United's last game of the season saw them beat Ajax in the Europa League final - making it two trophies for Mourinho's team across the 2016/17 season and sealing Champions League qualification for United despite their sixth-place league finish.

"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", Wenger told BBC.

Giroud's compatriot Alexandre Lacazette marked his league debut with a goal in just 94 seconds, only for Shinji Okazaki to level for the Foxes less than three minutes later.

But his first goal of the new campaign could prove one of his most important already as Arsenal clawed their way back twice to kick-start their season. Santi Cazorla will also miss out, while Shkodran Mustafi, Jack Wilshere, Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Gabriel Paulista are all doubts.

Amid the joy - and relief - of victory, there was nonetheless plenty to concern Wenger, not least the manner in which his side conceded all three goals.

A Premier League title challenge, a proper one, not one of those false dawn ones, but a full-scale, from August to May title challenge is what the Arsenal fans want.

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Arriving from Bristol City in 1998, Goater experienced arguably the lowest point in Man City's history when they were relegated to the third tier for the first time ever just months after he had joined the club.

"We got promoted and won the league, and now we're back to the Premier League".

"What I had in other clubs was more players scoring goals, what we had was midfielders, wingers scoring, central defenders scoring goals at set-pieces", Mourinho (pictured right) said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to Sky Sports: "Going forward and character wise we have been great".

"Of course you can not afford to concede three goals at home". What the game was, though, is a reminder that beyond the incessant transfer rumours and long, moody shots of Arsene Wenger staring into nothingness awaits the adrenaline rush that only a good game of football can give.



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