Premier League 2017-2018 season kicks off

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"I love the man and the player", said Wenger. And in the end he chose to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.

"I feel as well that the goals we conceded, we can work together to get rid of that because one was a corner, one was a ball we lost in the build up and the third goal was on a corner again, so we conceded two goals on corners".

"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.

It may just be me getting the wrong idea, but when I hear him talk about an exceptional player I instantly think of a creative or attacking one.

"I can not go into the game with too many uncertainties".

"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 chose to stay".

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

The striker, who the Gunners signed from Lyon for an initial fee of €53 million in the summer, finished clinically to put the hosts ahead after two minutes, expertly heading home Mohamed Elneny's cross.

"Going forward and character wise we have been great".

Arsene Wenger raised eyebrows last week when he said it was an "ideal situation" having players in their final year at the club.


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Instead Leicester remained winless against Arsenal in 22 matches.

It seemed like both teams were itching to get on the pitch to score goals.

"He came out and made a statement which we are all aware of but while he trains and plays and is professional the way he is, he will be considered for selection". We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game.

One player now highly unlikely to be moving to the Emirates Stadium is Foxes winger Riyad Mahrez - who was heavily linked with Arsenal earlier in the summer.

"All is possible you know", he replied when asked whether the Chilean could commit to a new deal at the Emirates.

"All pre-season he's looked sharp and fit", said Shakespeare, who gave Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho his competitive debut as a late substitute.

"I think we have all seen the amusing business of the transfer window and we never know what is round the corner".

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