Olivier Giroud has backed the club’s move to want-away Liverpool star Luis Suarez, but has urged the club not to ignore the fact the squad needs more than just a striker to compete next season.
The Frenchman becomes the latest in a long line of players to state very publicly that transfers are desperately wanted by the current crop who realise that without them their ambitions of winning something will be much harder to realise.
Speaking to the Mirror, the Handsome French Bloke said, “I think we need maybe two or three more players. Yes, that’s what we need. To show ambition.
“The club has to show the fans that we want it. Me and my team mates, we need it as well. It’s all about the team.”
Which is a fantastic attitude to have, and the former Montpellier man, whose position would be under threat if Suarez did arrive, said he’d welcome more competition up front.
“It will be a really positive thing if we have a new striker. I am not worried but I will wait until September so we know the team, the players. I never used to read the newspapers and I don’t want to change my way of life but I have heard a lot of things and I know we need a striker.
“The most important thing is the team. We are waiting for one but we don’t know. I think it will be good for the team and for me as well to have another striker, to have more competition between us.
“But I think I could play with him or without him. So I will be able to be in the first XI this season. I really want to be in the first XI this season but we will see.”
Giroud has had a good pre-season so far, scoring 6 times on the Asia tour and has been backed by Tomas Rosicky to improve on the 17 goals he got last season.
“When you come to England it can be difficult in the first season because you have to settle and get used to it,” he said.
“So I expect him to have a better season than he did last year, and I believe he can score more than he did then. If he continues with how he has played in pre-season, then why not?
“Goals always give strikers confidence, whenever they score them. Olly started very well and we know he has great qualities which he showed last season.”