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France striker Alexandre Lacazette cost Arsenal over £50million

Arsene Wenger challenges Alexandre Lacazette to emulate former Man United star

After the game, the managers and players spoke to the media.

"Lacazette is simple. In every game he is stronger since he has joined us", Wenger said.

"The goals we conceded, we can work to get rid of that".

But the forward will no doubt be hoping to win more fans round if he continues to pop up with crucial goals this season. "They all deserve to play".

Less than three minutes later, Olivier Giroud scored the victor for Arsenal, sparking celebrations at the Emirates Stadium. He's a fantastic guy and he's committed. It's fantastic Giroud wants to stay - he made a decision to stay.

"I opened the door for him at some stage [to leave], because I know that it's important for him to play", Wenger said in his postgame news conference. "He is focused and happy in the dressing room because we won the game". Both Lacazette and Giroud need strong seasons to make sure they are in the French party travelling to the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer.

"I'm convinced the team is focused. When you're in hard situations you're reminded you've done it before so can do it again". We executed that well.

But after winning a record seventh FA Cup with victory over Chelsea, he penned a new two-year contract and his side's Houdini act against Leicester means that late-season momentum remains intact, albeit only just.

The joy didn't last long as Leicester scored just minutes later off a short corner. In the following minutes, the hosts tried to tighten their defence and get back on their front foot, keeping Leicester's goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel on his toes.

The Gunners were set to come out fighting in the second period and did exactly that with several chances including Sead Kolašinac's saved effort. Marc Albrighton whipped in a good cross, finding debutant Harry Maguire at the far post.

Arsenal travel to Stoke for their next Premier League fixture before meeting Liverpool at Anfield to end September. He's young and will only get better. "He did very well on the left when we moved him".

"We're not going to be too down-hearted".

It was an exciting game, the neutrals will have had a good time and both sides will take positives.

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