Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud preferred Luis Suárez over Gonzalo Higuaín

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says Luis Suárez would be a complementary strike partner

Luis Suarez
Luis Suárez scored 23 Premier League goals last season Photo: Back Page Images

Olivier Giroud believes Liverpool forward Luis Suárez would have been a complementary striker partner if the Gunners had signed the Uruguayan.

The Reds rejected two offers for the 26-year-old South American from the north London side during the summer as Brendan Rodgers insisted Suárez was not for sale at any price.

Arsenal were also linked with Argentina international Gonzalo Higuaín but the striker opted to join Rafael Benítez’s Napoli before the Gunners signed Mesut Ozil in a £42.5m deal.

And Giroud reckons he would have been more suited to playing alongside Suárez than Higuaín.

“When the name of Suárez was circulating, I honestly thought it was a good thing for the team. He would have been complementary,” Giroud told L’Equipe.

“I’m getting a little more legitimacy, especially this season. But I repeat, Suárez would have been a cannon.

“Suárez can also play on one side [out wide]. It would have been difficult for me with another player.

“We (He and Higuain) would have been in direct competition because he is a pure central striker. Of course, at the time, it would have bothered me a bit. But I was not afraid of competition.”

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