Ever-present spear-heading striker Olivier Giroud has accumulated 1,134 minutes of Premier League football thus far this season and is good, but not good enough if Arsenal have designs on not just challenging for silverware this year - but winning it.
That is the opinion of renowned Arsenal fan and media mogul Piers Morgan, who identifies Giroud - who, with seven goals and four assists, has been responsible for a goal every 101 minutes - as an operator below the elite level dominated by players such as Luis Suarez (every 71 mins), Wayne Rooney (78 mins) or Sergio Aguero (65 mins).
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had intentions on recruiting Luis Suarez during the summer, but refused to bid a third time for the Liverpool attacker's signature after having £30m and £40m+1 bids rejected. In order to maintain their commanding position at the top of the division, Morgan believes Suarez - or a player of his calibre - must be acquired in the winter window.
I like Giroud - good player, tremendous work rate. But not at the level of Suarez, Rooney or Aguero. If we want trophies, need a big shark.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 2, 2013
The £40m+£1 bid for Suarez was stupid and insulting. If we really want him, we need to bid at least double that. He's worth it. #Afc— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 2, 2013
In a parting shot at the falling standards at Tottenham Hotspur, Morgan also claimed Spurs will finish just above the relegation positions once the 38-game season is finished…
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