Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud is already one of Europe's best strikers, and can go on to achieve even more in north London.

Speaking ahead of the Champions League group game against Napoli tonight, Wenger revealed that he had no doubts over the Frenchman coming giid in his second season at the Emirates Stadium.

He told Sky Sports: "Olivier Giroud always had a better second season everywhere he played than the first one. For him, the jump from Montpellier to Arsenal was quite big. In the first season, it is always quite difficult.

"He is already one of the leading strikers in Europe. Will he improve, be better in all the aspects of his game? As long as all the aspects are there, the attitude is there as well, then at 27 you always think the best years are coming for him now.

"I am hoping he can make his mark in the Champions League. If the team performance is good, then I am sure that he will."

Giroud bagged 11 league goals last season, and has four in six matches already this term for the Gunners.

Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez during the summer transfer window, and also came close to the capture Gonzalo Higuain - who signed for Napoli from Real Madrid and will come up against his former admirers tonight.

Wenger, speaking about Higuain, said: "We wanted to give some support to Giroud but it is not the best moment to talk about transfers today. He was on the market and several clubs were in for him. I do not think it needs to be talked about again."

Arsenal currently sit top of the Premier League table with 15 points from six games, having found some fine form following the opening day defeat to Aston Villa. They also began their Champions League campaign with a 2-1 win away at Marseille two weeks ago.

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