Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has put to bed speculations linking Olivier Grioud away from the Emirates this summer while heaping praises on new recruit Alexandre Lacazette who got his Gunners' career to a sweet start on Friday night.
While it took Lacazette just 94 seconds to score his first Premier League goal, Giroud came off the bench off the bench to head home Arsenal's winner in the closing stages, 18 minutes after replacing Rob Holding for his 99th Arsenal goal in the 4-3 win against Leicester City on Friday night.How we overcame Leicester City-GiroudEx-Man United defender slams Arsenal star despite 4-3 win
Lacazettes's goal capped a highly-encouraging league debut in which the France international threatened throughout as he became the seventh player to score on his Premier League debut for Arsenal, after Kevin Campbell, Steve Bould, Fredrik Ljungberg, Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri and Thomas Vermaelen. The former Lyon man scored with his first shot (and second touch) as a Premier League player
On Lacazette’s display against Leicester, Wenger said: "Lacazette is simple in every game. He is stronger since he has joined us, you know and even when I played Giroud through the middle and him on the left, he did very well on the left, so overall I think he adapts slowly to the way we want to play and he is a collective player and an intelligent player as well." Wenger told Arsenal Player
When quizzed on the latest about Olivier Giroud's future and if the striker could leave, Wenger whose side are now unbeaten in 22 Premier League games against Leicester City (W15, D7) reacted thus: "No. It’s a determined no. It’s fantastic. I must say I opened the door for him at some stage because I know that it’s important for him to play, but I don’t want him to go and in the end he decided to stay.
"It was one of the days of recent weeks for me because I know how important he is, not only as a player, he is a fantastic player, but as well in the group. He has a big weight in the squad and it was a relief for me that he decided to stay." Wenger added
The last player to score a goal faster on their Premier League debut was Thievy Bifouma, who came on for his Premier League debut for West Brom at half-time and scored after just 36 seconds in a 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace in February 2014