… Giroud. Despite Arsene's links with Liverpool's Suarez in the summer, the Frenchman insists that is in the past as Olivier has proven to be 'exceptional'.
Luis Suarez is the hottest commodity in the Premier League and even bore comparisons to the relentless goal-scoring form enjoyed by La Liga rivals Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid by this Here Is The City columnist earlier this week.
Despite the Uruguayan's lengthy ban, he required no time to re-acclimatise to the pace and physicality of England's top tier, made an instant impact and has the greatest efficiency attacking rate of all strikers in the division (responsible for one goal/assist every 51 minutes).
Considering the high aesthetics to which Arsene Wenger has orchestrated his current brand of football, combined with their 20 total goal haul after nine league matches, there is an increasingly vocal school of thought that suggests, after the protracted and at times ugly transfer saga involving the Gunners and Suarez, did they actually need him after all?
Wenger, though, does not have the time or need to entertain such fantasies and insists he is not focusing on what Liverpool or, more specifically, what Suarez is capable of as he has his own 'exceptional striker' in Giroud.
'I'm not focused on that now, what is important for me is that Giroud has proven since the start of the season that he's an exceptional striker,' stated Wenger today, Friday, to the club's official website.
Contrasting the two forwards, Wenger noted that: 'They have different styles, [they are] different styles of players. Giroud is a real centre forward who uses that space well, uses his power and is really central. Suarez is more a player who goes on the flanks, who comes deep into midfield and is more of a dribbler.'
Who do you think is more likely to have an effect on Saturday's game… Suarez or Giroud? Let us know in the comment section below.
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