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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 18, 2013

Giroud aiming to emulate Henry and RVP

Arsenal train ahead of their first Champions League Group F opening fixture against Marseille and will hope Aaron Ramsay and Mesut Ozil can continue their good starts to the season

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says he hopes to have a similar impact to Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie.

• Cross: Wenger at fault for injury crisis

Giroud, 26, has enjoyed a blistering start to his second season at the club -- scoring four goals in four league games as Arsene Wenger’s side recovered impressively from an opening day defeat against Aston Villa to record five straight victories.

The former Montpellier forward returns to France on Wednesday evening to face Marseille in the Champions League and he plans to be remembered for a long time by Arsenal fans.  

"I discovered a really high standard at 25 years of age," he told L’Equipe."Take Van Persie -- he really burst out two or three years ago at Arsenal.

"As for Thierry Henry, I scored as many goals as him during my first season.

"It makes me want to impose myself as the number one attacker at Arsenal and that, later on, people will say "at Arsenal, there was Henry, Van Persie and Giroud."

Giroud’s early season form saw him picked ahead of Karim Benzema for France’s World Cup qualifying win in Belarus. But he says he would welcome more competition at Arsenal.

"I was always in favour of signing another attacker. When [Luis] Suarez’s name was doing the rounds, I genuinely thought it was a good thing for the team. We would have complemented each other."

While Liverpool attacker Suarez would have been "ideal" for Arsenal, according to Giroud, he was also willing to battle it out with Gonzalo Higuain, who in the end joined Napoli instead of the Gunners.

"We would have been in direct competition because he’s a penalty box striker. 

"Of course, at the time, it would have annoyed me a little bit. But I’ve never been afraid of competition."

Giroud is hopeful that Arsenal will finally end their eight-year wait for some silverware, highlighting the capture of Mesut Ozil as a key part of the jigsaw.

"With the arrival of Mesut, I feel that we’ve cleared a hurdle. When a player breathes football like he does, everything becomes easier. 

"There’s one area that we aren’t in control of -- injuries. At the moment we’re missing Diaby, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Rosicky and Podolski. All of them are potential starters."

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