It wasn't quite cometh the hour cometh the man as Giroud entered proceedings in the 67th minute but he proved why he's still so valuable to Arsenal and talk of him leaving must stop immediately.
"I can't tell you that at the moment", he said. But they were given a major boost, as Welbeck was able to level things up.
To make up for that gap, the Gunners will be willing to hit the ground running right from the first game of the season.
Well that's one way to introduce yourself to your new club.
But what lessons were learned from the opening day of the new Premier League season? "Players will put an emphasis on pre-season that they want enough games and minutes on the pitch but whoever we play in the first game is exciting".
"It is a relief and I believe as well a reminder to the players that they have hurdles on the way and that we can get round it, like tonight so that is quite positive". The midfielder went off with a cruciate ligament injury against Southampton on May 9, 2015. He also labelled the former Montpellier marksman as being "in his prime" and "at the top of his game".
Wenger has insisted several times that Sanchez will not be sold, although links with Manchester City continue.
"Goal-scoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French league to the English league, that's for sure".
Stoke aren't the most defensive of teams, but they're certainly one of the most physical. Captured by the Sky cameras in the stands at the Emirates, Sanchez looked far from impressed.
It took just 45 minutes, and Arsenal were not even losing, but Twitter was already losing its collective marbles: "Wenger Out" was in the top 10 United Kingdom trends at half-time.
Giroud sealed the win with a thumping header five minutes from time to seal for the Gunners their first win of the new season.
"Certainly, my personal situation has contributed to that but you can never question my professionalism or commitment".
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Even Mike Dean, everyone's favourite showman referee, was being tweeted about.
"Seven goals, fantastic comebacks", the 35-year-old Czech said on his website.
However, Maguire was there to block his shot after Mesut Ozil's cutback after more intricate passing around Leicester's box.