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Striker Olivier Giroud disappointed after Arsenal failed to sign Karim Benzema


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says Karim Benzema would have been a very good signing for the club.

The Real Madrid man was heavily linked with a possible move to the Emirates before he rubbished rumours on his Twitter account.

And Giroud, who himself rejected speculation linking him with a move away from the club, says the Frenchman would have been an asset had he signed for Arsenal.

"The coach [Arsene Wenger] knows very well what he is doing, and sometimes you should not buy just to buy, and sometimes there are not players out there that you need, who are available," Giroud told beIN Sports.

"We have a very good squad, with quality, and I am sure that with this squad we can go very far. But it would have been good if Karim had signed too.

"[Me leaving the club?] I would have been surprised if you had read a lot of things about my possibly leaving the club, because that was never on the table.

"Now, I am very good here, I say it, I repeat it. It is true that every year here there is speculation about a new striker signing.

"There were seasons when we signed [Alexis] Sanchez and [Danny] Welbeck, others when we were talking about [Luis] Suarez.

"It is obvious that in a club, a team, where a lot is expected, we need several good attackers and I understand that the fans want that we spend more money."

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