Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reassured striker Olivier Giroud that he still has a big-part to play at the club, despite the Arsenal boss wanting to sign a new striker this summer.
The French striker impressed in his debut season in England, scoring 17 goals in all competitions, but many Arsenal fans are adamant that the club still need a world-class striker to replace Dutchman Robin van Persie, who left in order to join Manchester United last summer.
Giroud has continued his impressive form for Arsenal in their pre-season tour of the Far East and he has already scored five goals in just two friendlies.
The Frenchman has only played 65 minutes for the Gunners in the two pre-season games, but he has managed to bag a hat-trick and a brace in the games against Indonesia and Vietnam.
Despite Giroud's form, Arsene Wenger is still keeping his eye out for a new striker to join the club and big-names like; Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain have all been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Arsenal boss insists that it's because they are short on numbers, instead of it being a lack of quality.
“[The transfer rumours are] nothing to do with the quality of Olivier Giroud,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “It's just number-wise, we are a bit short.
“Players like Chuba Akpom have done very well again. As you said, we score goals - that is the result of our good team play, of our creativity and our pace in the game. We have a lot of pacey players and that creates a lot of danger.”
As for Akpom, he has scored three times in the two games and Wenger believes he has a big future ahead of him.
“It's difficult to say because you do not want to fix a limit when a player is a striker," he said. "If he was a centre back, I would say to let him go out on loan and play somewhere.
“When you are a striker, the mistakes you make are not costly for the team but the talent you have can be very helpful. It looks like he has the physical strength and the technical quality to compete so for him it's just down to mental belief now and these kind of games will help him.”
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