Olivier Giroud wanted Suarez at Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud has revealed his disappointment after Arsenal failed to sign Luis Suarez this summer.

The French striker, who has scored five goals in six appearances so far this season, believes that he and the Liverpool star would have linked up well together at the Emirate Stadium.

"When the name of Suarez was circulating, I honestly thought it was a good thing for the team. He would have been complementary," Giroud told L'Equipe. "I'm getting a little more legitimacy, especially this season. But I repeat, Suarez would have been a cannon.

"Suarez can also play on one side [out wide]. It would have been difficult for me with another player."

Giroud was specifically referring to Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain, who was strongly linked with a move to north London this summer before eventually leaving Real Madrid for Napoli.

"We (He and Higuain) would have been in direct competition because he is a pure central striker," Giroud added. "Of course, at the time, it would have bothered me a bit. But I was not afraid of competition."

Giroud has received praise for his impressive early-season performances. The 26-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012, has scored in all four of the Gunners' Premier League matches, including the winning goal against local rivals Tottenham at the start of the month.

Thanks to Giroud's goals, Arsenal currently sit second in the Premier League table, one point behind leaders Liverpool.

Suarez, meanwhile, is set to return to action next week after serving a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.

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