By Abigail Withey
Arsenal fans have expressed their love for centre-forward Olivier Giroud after he scored the winning goal in the last few minutes of their Premier League opening clash against Leicester City.
The 30-year-old goal machine spent much of the game in the dug out, but came on for Rob Holding in the 67th minute of the game, where he went on to score in the final moments of the game to secure a 4-3 victory for the Gunners.
The French international has been linked with an exit from the Emirates over the summer, and to the delight of Arsenal fans Marseille boss Rudi Garcia most recently revealed that they had ended their pursuit of the striker.
After his late goal many Arsenal fans took to social media to react where they stated that Arsene Wenger should never sell the forward, while other supporters compared him to the likes of club legend Thierry Henry.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
KEEP GIROUD !!!!! NEVER EVER SELL HIM #LEGEND 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— عَبدالله🌩 (@THE__VEEKND) August 11, 2017
It had to be that man!! It had to be!!!!!! 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️🔴⚪️
— Odisho Hermiz (@OdishoHermizd) August 11, 2017
GIROUD IS OUR HERO. 2 GAMES 2 W BECAUSE OF HIM
— (15-3) (@Fhimaxratpidu92) August 11, 2017
Giroudddddd!! Life savour 💖💖💖💖😭
— A faithful Goonerette ⚽️❤️ (@SportsFreakRosh) August 11, 2017
An old reliable…happy that Giroud is still very much an impact player that has the capability to make things happen.
— shamsi onilenla (@oyaypanako) August 11, 2017
Alongside Giroud, new signing and fellow Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette scored his Premier League debut in magnificent fashion as he took the Gunners 1-0 up after less than two minutes.
Former Manchester United man Danny Welbeck also found the back of the net at the end of the first half, while substitute Aaron Ramsey scored the third goal just minutes before Giroud’s winner.
The Gunners’ performance will have installed confidence in the team as they won their Premier League opening fixture for the fourth time in the past five years.
In other Arsenal news, Gunners legend Thierry Henry has hailed the transfer business of one of the clubs’ rivals.