Arsenal star doesn't want striker signing

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Arsenal star Olivier Giroud admits he hopes the club do not recruit another striker before the close of the January transfer window as he feels the Premier League leaders already have enough quality at their disposal.

The Gunners identified the acquisition of a proven goalscorer as a priority during the summer transfer period but proved fruitless in their respective pursuits of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.

Giroud, though, has flourished this season as Arsenal's undoubted first-choice centre-forward and has scored eight times in 18 Premier League appearances to enhance the north London club's chances of winning a first trophy since 2005.

The Frenchman's latest goal in the weekend victory against Newcastle sent Arsenal back to the summit of the Premier League table and he hopes that Arsene Wenger has enough faith in his current crop to resist the temptation to buy another striker next month.

"If the coach wants me to rest, he can do it without buying a new striker," Giroud told French TV.

"Lukas Podolski is having a good come-back. Theo Walcott can play as a striker. We have the quality and the quantity.

"I would rather not see a new striker come in."

Next up for Giroud and Arsenal will be an encounter with strugglers Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium on New Year's Day.

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