Arsenal fell behind twice against a tenacious Leicester City before winning 4-3, thanks to a late goal by Olivier Giroud in the opening match of the 2017-2018 English Premier League (EPL) football season here. "If you look at that from a neutral point, for a first game it was a top quality game". In the end he chose to stay and it was one of the great days of the recent weeks for me.
One new recruit, defender Harry Maguire, felt Leicester gave the hosts a run for their money and - despite heading back to the east midlands with nothing to show for it - believes the display will hold them in good stead.
Everton are known to in the market for a new striker this summer, and following Arsenal's £52m purchase of Alexandre Lacazette, Giroud was heavily linked with a move to Goodison Park where he would be more likely to be the main striker.
Lacazette is simple in every game.
Despite only starting 17 games last season in all competitions, Giroud still scored 16 times - including an eye-catching scorpion-style kick against Crystal Palace.
The impressive Vardy scored his second in the 53rd minute to put Leicester in front once more, curling Riyad Mahrez's corner into the bottom far corner amid poor Arsenal marking.
The visitors then took a shock lead as a sloppy pass from Xhaka gifted Leicester possession 30 yards from goal and Jamie Vardy was on hand to turn home a superb Marc Albrighton cross for 1-2 in the 29th minute.
Arsenal turned around the league's first Friday opener in the closing minutes at Emirates Stadium.
"I'm disappointed with the handball in the build-up, but once the corner's given you have to defend it better", he said.
Leicester showed some of the form that won them the title in 2016 and helped stave off relegation last term but in the end they were undone by canny France worldwide Giroud who has been linked with a move away from Arsenal all summer. We've been courageous to the end and thank God we won the game.
But Wenger said there was now no chance of Giroud leaving before the transfer deadline closes later this month after the player had resolved to fight for his place in the first team at the Emirates Stadium.