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Gunners striker preferred Suarez over Higuain

Olivier Giroud feels Suarez would've complemented him

By | 18th September 2013
Olivier Giroud

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has publicly discussed the club’s summer transfer saga over Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, admitting that he was excited to hear the rumors. The French striker also went on to admit that he would have preferred the signing of the Uruguayan over Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain before the latter player’s move to Napoli as the Argentine would have been in direct competition at the Emirates Stadium.

As Giroud points out, Suarez’s versatility could have made him a valuable addition to Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side, and Giroud feels he would have been a solid complement.

“When the name of Suarez was circulating, I honestly thought it was a good thing for the team,” Giroud told L’Equipe, as translated by the Daily Express.”We would’ve complemented each other. Suarez can also play out wide. [Higuain] would have been in direct competition because he is a pure central striker.”

In the end Liverpool managed to hold on to Suarez, while Higuain has already established himself under Rafa Benitez at Napoli. Arsenal, meanwhile, completed the club record signing of £42.5 million Mesut Ozil, who Giroud will have no complains about. The former Real Madrid playmaker already provided one assist for Giroud during his debut against Sunderland on Saturday, and put in another impressive performance tonight in the Champions League against Marseille.

Giroud wasn’t on the scoresheet for a change tonight, but Arsenal still won 2-1 in France, giving them a sound start in this year’s group of death. Group F contains Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, and Higuain’s Napoli side, who beat Dortmund 2-1 in their opening match.

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