Arsenal vs Leicester: Gunners must avoid first night jitters

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"I love the man and the player", said Wenger.

"It was one of the great days".

"I rate him as a player but we have similar types with Alex Iwobi, Mesut Ozil and now Jack Wilshere back".

Arsene Wenger: "I had an impact on the season, because at some stage the players came to see me and said, "What's going on boss?"

"But of course at the moment I have now 33 players and it is very hard to manage on a daily basis such a high number". But I don't want him to go and in the end he made a decision to stay and it was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is.

As reported by Metro, the Frenchman was open and honest about his need to trim the squad as well, admitting that it was too big right now but also doing his usual thing of saying that it was full of quality so it would need players of a certain very high calibre to improve it.

"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.

Another option and one that Wenger has already said he likes and who we know is available is Riyad Mahrez of tonight's opponents Leicester City, so do you think it will be one of these two who becomes Arsenal's final signing of the window?

Wenger was also without three of his top centre-backs on the pitch - suspended Laurent Koscielny, injured Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi, who remained on the bench - and said the defensive mistakes can be ironed out quickly.

The 2017/18 Premier League season kicks off on Friday evening as Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium.

Albrighton crossed for Jamie Vardy to put Leicester ahead after Xhaka had gifted the ball straight to him.

The home side then secured the victory in the 86th minute as substitute Olivier Giroud powered home a header from close range, 4-3.

Arsenal fans had little time to celebrate. You just sensed when Arsenal got the third goal, there would be problems for Leicester.

Wenger revealed after Friday's win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

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