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Giroud: I'm not on Suarez's level

ESPN staff
February 8, 2014
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Olivier Giroud has spoken of his gratitude for the faith shown in him by manager Arsene Wenger even though he is not "on the same level" as Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

Wenger attempted to sign Suarez last summer but failed with two bids - the second of which was £40,000,001 million - as Liverpool were reluctant to lose their star striker.

The French manager said on Thursday he has no regrets about failing to sign the Uruguay international, who is set to face the Gunners on Saturday lunchtime when the sides meet at Anfield.

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Giroud has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season and is hopeful of maintaining his form, even though there were calls during the January transfer window for Wenger to bring in competition for the France international.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "I understand that Arsenal fans want a big name, but I try to stay calm, to take it easy and concentrate on my job, train well, and repay the confidence of the boss.

"He always talks to me, trusts me - that's why he didn't buy another striker last summer and in January. I'm still here because the boss is pleased with my game, with what I can bring to the team.

"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. I feel really good here and I really want to win something with this club."

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