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Craig Shakespeare disappointed with late Leicester City loss at Arsenal

13 August 2017, 08:09 | Joan Schultz

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And City captain Wes Morgan believes Vardy, 30, is showing signs he still has the pace and form that helped Leicester win the title two seasons ago and made the former non-League striker an global and Footballer of the Year. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us.

"Alexis Sanchez is out for a while", Wenger said during a press conference on Wednesday. Having the tall and physical stature of Giroud to win aerial duels and set Lacazette free could be the decider in this match.

Giroud had been seriously considering his future following the £52 million club record signing of Alexandre Lacazette and Wenger's certainty but has been persuaded to stay in what is now a "super sub" role. Yes Alexandre Lacazette is the first-choice striker, but there's still a vital role for Giroud to play.

"Lyon is a special place in France, as they have their own mentality".

In the end, it was Wenger's moves that paid off.

"We have to try and win most of games that we compete in but we know the rollercoaster that the Premier League can be as well".

Cech signed from London rivals Chelsea in 2015 and for the most part has been a terrific acquisition for Arsenal.

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This was surely one of the best Premier League opening weekend games in years.

"Yes. Because look at what City have done". Man United as well. Diego Costa is still there, despite all the rumours, but those could return to unsettle the dressing room.

If Sanchez was looking for reasons to be optimistic about staying watching his team-mates go 2-1 down at home in their opener was not going to be one of them. In the middle of the transfer market it's hard to predict.

After a much-needed break for all involved to take a deep breath, the second half started in much quieter fashion until ten minutes into the second period. Wenger reiterated that "we are still open" to more signings, but that the immediate priority is to trim his 33-man first-team squad before the transfer deadline.

Vardy led the line but the major news for Leicester was that want-away winger Riyad Mahrez started on the right.

"We were never close [to signing Mahrez]", he said. And as long as he is playing we will play to his strengths.

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