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Giroud: Arsenal signing Higuain 'would have annoyed me'

Arsenal abandoned their interest in Gonzalo Higuain this summer, when he had seemed poised to join.

Arsenal's striking conundrum is an issue which still haunts fans, who are simply thankful for the irrepressible form of Olivier Giroud.

But even today the forward has been talking about how the lack of strength in depth at the club 'scares' him, when assessing their capability to chase for trophies.

One player they had seemed close to adding this summer was Gonzalo Higuain, a prolific Argentine striker who made his name at Real Madrid.

Arsenal abandoned their interest in him after it had appeared he was close to joining, which allowed Napoli to steal in and snap him up instead.

Higuain will face the Gunners in the Champions League later this Autumn, with it a decision which could yet cause the club to regret dropping their plans to sign the striker.

One man who is though happy Higuain did not join is Olivier Giroud himself, who has been speaking in France about the striker - who he feels would have been too similar to him.

He told L'Equipe: "If you had come we would be in direct competition because he is a lone striker. Clearly I would have a bit annoyed, but I'm not afraid of some competition."

And he has a point, it's unlikely the two would have been selected together, and Higuain's big price tag would have led to pressure to leave Giroud on the bench.

Did Giroud have a quiet word with Wenger to get him to drop his interest in the Argentine? We'll never know, but it appears he is certainly more happy with the signing of playmaker Mesut Ozil.

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