Olivier Giroud says he’d have no problem with Luis Suarez joining Arsenal because he’s not afraid of squad competition.
The French striker, who appears to have spent much of the jaunt around Asia being asked if he’s worried about his future because the club want a new striker, told L’Equipe that he’d be fine with the Uruguayan making the move to the Emirates.
“I’m not in the know but in any case, he is someone with whom I could have a relationship on the pitch so I am for his arrival. I’m not afraid of competition.”
Asked if he was worried about being bitten in training by the Uruguayan, Olivier snorted before stating:
“Ave you seen how amazing I look? I see one blog label me l‘Andsome Bloke Francais. Tout le temps I get people in le street trying to kiss, bite, grope, touch, slap and tickle me. C’est la vie, non?”
Just before trotting off to have his six-pack photographed by the Arsenal media team, he added with a cheeky wink, “…although nobody likes too much teeth, you get me? Eez very ugly, like a fritemonk.”
Meanwhile, Per Mertesacker insists that Arsenal have to be quick out of the blocks in August recognising that success in their Champions League qualification double-header could be vital for squad confidence.
Chatting to journalists in Vietnam the German international made clear that for all the excitement of an early season North London derby his focus is firmly on finishing the job of securing European football.
“We are looking forward to the Tottenham game but first we have to think about the Champions League qualification matches,” Per is quoted as saying by Arsenal.com, presumably while doing his much loved funky chicken dance.
“They are vital because our first target of the season is to get into the Champions League group stage. We have to prepare well because I think all the supporters are desperate for us to be in the Champions League again.
“So that’s the first target, and we are looking at the first league fixtures, especially the derby game, as well of course.”