COMMENTARY | Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly told British newspaper The Sun, that he would welcome the arrival of current Arsenal target, Luis Suárez. The French international striker said of a potential signing of the Liverpool striker, "Luis Suárez is someone with whom I could form a good understanding on the pitch. So I am in favor of him coming to Arsenal and I am not afraid of the competition for places his arrival would bring about." He also added, "Arsenal's aim for the new season will be to qualify for the Champions League. And, given the fact that our rivals have changed their coaching staffs, I don't see why we can't challenge for the title."
News that Giroud would welcome a healthy competition at Arsenal is good news for Gunner fans. The confident Giroud scored 17 goals in all competitions last season, while also adding 10 assists. He has also started off well this summer with five goals in essentially one full match (he has played in two 45 minute halves) for the Gunners in their pre-season tour of Asia.
While the Frenchman scored the second most goals for the team last season, Arsenal fans are seemingly split on the value of Giroud. The 6' 4" striker is at his best when he does not have to run with the ball at his feet, as he has scored many of his goals for Arsenal on his first touch of the ball (as seen here). Giroud has also scored almost twice as many goals in his second season with his previous clubs than his first (28 combined goals in his first seasons with Tours and Montpellier, 49 goals in his second seasons with those two clubs).
The pairing of Suárez and Giroud up front for the Gunners appears appetizing (insert Suárez joke here). With Suárez's capability to run with the ball, and Giroud's one touch ability, it would seem to be a lethal combination for the Gunners up front. Arsenal had a £30 million bid for Suárez rebuffed by Liverpool last week. It remains to be seen if Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, is willing to raise his valuation of the Uruguay international to the £40 million it would reportedly need to take to pry Suárez from Liverpool.
There is no denying Suárez's talent, as he scored 30 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season; however, there are some concerns about the player's antics. The striker was suspended 10 games for biting an opposing player in April. Suárez still has six games left on the ban, and will have to start out the 2013-2014 season on the sidelines for whichever team he plays for in the upcoming season.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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