Olivier Giroud has hit back at suggestions that he's not clinical enough in front of goal, insisting that he's better at finding the back of the net than Manchester United duo Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie.
Since joining the Gunners from Montpellier in 2013, Giroud has ben accused of not scoring enough goals - however it seems he's risen to the challenge this season having found the back of the net eight times in 15 league appearances.
Falcao and Van Persie have struggled in front of goal this season, with the Colombian scoring just four times and his team-mate bagging ten, although he's played nine more games than Giroud.
Speaking in an interview with L'Equipe, the Arsenal ace says the only reason he's not rated as highly as his rivals Manchester United is because he doesn't have their reputation.
"I've not got an inferiority complex," the 28-year-old said. "I don't have their names [Falcao and Van Persie] but in terms of stats, I'm just behind Aguero & Costa".
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger bought in Danny Welbeck from Manchester United over the summer in a deal worth £16 million, but it is the Frenchman who has held on to the lone striker berth.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move to sign a new forward recently, namely Porto ace Jackson Martinez.
"I hear people say, 'They have Giroud and [Danny] Welbeck but they need a world-class striker," he explained. "Meaning, us, we're not world-class forwards. It spurs you on. Recently, there was a buzz around [Porto striker] Jackson Martinez.
"The coach has said good things about him, the player has said he would like to come. I learned that before the Middlesbrough game [a 2-0 win]. It gave me added motivation. I was very happy to score those two goals."
Arsenal take on Monaco this evening as they resume their Champions League campaign in the last 16. Giroud is expected to lead the line once more, while Jack Wilshere is likely to sit the match against the only side to sack Arsene Wenger.
Giroud is certainly in form right now and has four goals in his last five. In the interview with L'Equipe he also spoke about developing his mean streak and working on his physique, and there are signs that he is developing into an all-round threat.
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