Suarez was targeted by Arsenal in the summer transfer window with Wenger having made a then club record offer of £40,000,001 million, but the Gunners failed in their pursuit leaving Giroud as the first choice centre forward with limited back up.
The Frenchman understands that his talents are not comparable to those of Suarez, however he doesn’t have any doubts about his own ability and hopes to repay the faith shown in him.
According to The Guardian, he said:
I know I’m not a player on the same level as someone like Suarez – because he’s been amazing this season – but I know I can improve again. That’s why I’m quite confident of my future here.
This isn’t a time to doubt myself. Sometimes a striker won’t score for a month or two. It happens to every striker. But you’ve always got to believe in your quality and remember that people trust you. I feel really good here and I really want to win something with this club.
I understand that Arsenal fans want a big name, but I try to stay calm, to take it easy and concentrate on my job, train well, and repay the confidence of the boss.
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He always talks to me, trusts me – that’s why he didn’t buy another striker last summer and in January. I’m still here because the boss is pleased with my game, with what I can bring to the team.
Giroud has been in great form this season scoring 10 league goals and assisting 6, which means he has had a critical say in 16 goals so far. He has only been outscored this season in the Premier league to date by 5 players and only 6 players have provided more assists.
He also contributes to the team with his defensive ability, most particularly his headed clearances from set pieces. I don’t think there is a single game that goes by without at least one crucial Giroud header to clear a corner.
He is not Luis Suarez and is unlikely to create a goal for himself with a moment of individual brilliance but he is likely to create a goal for a team mate as he did for Jack against Norwich or last week for Ox against Palace. Hopefully he can stay fit and continue to score as he will be crucial to the Gunners title hopes this season.
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