Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud concedes he is not ‘on the same level’ as Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, but is firm in the belief he can continue to be Arsene Wenger’s leading man despite the want of some for a marquee signing.
Giroud has scored 10 goals in the Premier League this season to help propel the north London club to the table’s summit, although his tally is significantly behind that of Suarez who has found the net on 23 occasions.
Suarez had been targeted by Arsenal in the summer transfer window of last year, with Wenger having made a then club record offer of £40,000,001 in the hope of prising the Uruguay international away from Anfield.
Arsenal, though, failed in their pursuit of Suarez - who has since committed his long-term future to Liverpool - leaving Giroud as the undoubted first-choice centre-forward among the club’s number.
Giroud understands that his talents are not comparable to those of Suarez and, although the Frenchman can sympathise with supporters are hoping to recruit a goalscorer of repute. He does not, however, have any doubts about his own ability it hopes to repay the faith shown in him.
"I understand that Arsenal fans want a big name, but I try to stay calm, to take it easy and concentrate on my job, train well, and repay the confidence of the boss,” Giroud said in an interview with The Telegraph.
“He always talks to me, trusts me - that’s why he didn’t buy another striker last summer and in January. I’m still here because the boss is pleased with my game, with what I can bring to the team.
"I know I’m not a player on the same level as someone like Suarez – because he’s been amazing this season – but I know I can improve again. That’s why I’m quite confident of my future here. This isn’t a time to doubt myself.
“Sometimes a striker won’t score for a month or two. It happens to every striker. But you’ve always got to believe in your quality and remember that people trust you. I feel really good here and I really want to win something with this club."