Wenger thankful Giroud turned down chance to leave

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GETTY Paul Merson is tipping Arsenal to see off Leicester tonight- but only just

On Olivier Giroud: "I love the man and the player. As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal".

That's the target. He has to show he can do that.

He had a scan on Monday, which revealed the extent of the damage, and revealed that he will not be fit to play against Leicester City in tomorrow's English Premier League season opener, and Stoke City the following weekend. Mourinho signed the Brazilian for Chelsea back in the summer of 2013, but Willian insists he is happy at Chelsea.

The Algeria global has stated his wish to leave the 2015/16 Premier League champions but Wenger insists Arsenal were never looking to land his signature.

Wenger added that in the next decade there might be "management specialists" who will take the role of a manager using scientific tools to run teams.

"It was very clear by showing what he did a year ago was not enough for him", he said.

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Arsenal's only two major signings this summer are striker Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac. However, just to remind you we have 33 players and they are all good players.

Likewise the new world's most expensive goalkeeper Ederson is likely to be Guardiola's number one this season after the Claudio Bravo disaster.

Arsenal is not just pursuing a first league title since 2004 but also a return to the top four - and Champions League qualification - after finishing fifth in May.

The household name also calls on the club's board to buy more players before the transfer window shuts.

To do that, Wenger will need to get his team well prepared and ready for anything that Leicester might throw at them, something the Arsenal manager has not always been able to do at the start of the season.

Asked about Mourinho's interest in having him in his squad once again, Willian said: "There were a few conversations with my agent, I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well". We have been shocked a few times but the target this time is to start in a strong way against a very hard team in Leicester. The best therapy is to win and it would be fantastic. "It's going to be a tough game".

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