Arsenal latest: I'm not 'on same level as Suarez' says Giroud; £10.8m flop in dig

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Olivier Giroud, who has at times been compared to former Gunner Alan Smith, was talking to the Sky pundit in an interview printed in The Telegraph today.

He impressed Smith with his knowledge of his history with the club but one interesting point that did come out of the conversation related to the clubs pursuit of Luis Suarez in the summer.

Giroud was asked if he was worried about the constant speculation linking the club with big name strikers - to which he replied:

"I know I’m not a player on the same level as someone like Suarez – because he’s been amazing this season – but I know I can improve again. That’s why I’m quite confident of my future here. This isn’t a time to doubt myself. Sometimes a striker won’t score for a month or two. It happens to every striker. But you’ve always got to believe in your quality and remember that people trust you.”

Jack Wilshere is expected to be fit for the game with Liverpool tomorrow. He has been suffering with an ankle knock - but it is believed he will be drafted into the squad for the game at Anfield tomorrow, and may even be fit to start.

Another injury boost at the club today came from the under-21 game against Southampton. French striker Yaya Sanogo, who has been out of action since the beginning of the season with a back problem, made his comeback in the game today. have exclusively revealed that Liverpool were willing to let Luis Suarez head to Arsenal for £40 million - if they threw Theo Walcott into the persuasion as well.

In the end Suarez remained at Liverpool - signing a new deal worth £200k-a-week in December.

Gervinho, who has been in top form for new club AS Roma recently, has had another dig at his former employers - in particular Arsene Wenger:

"The fundamental difference between the Roma and Arsenal is the coach. Garcia here gives me confidence; I know that he believes in me. When I wake up in the morning, I really like going to work; I cannot wait to train and stay with my coach and my team-mates."

Franck Ribery could miss the Arsenal Champions League tie on the 19th - as the Bayern Munich star has had an operation on a burst blood vessel in his buttock.

The injury is affecting a nerve - and he will be kept in hospital until Sunday.

However Pep Guardiola is confident he will return.

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