Olivier Giroud has stressed that he would welcome the prospect of Arsenal signing another striker to compete with him this season.

The France marksman endured a trying end to the 2014-15 campaign, leading to criticism from the Gunners' all-time leading goalscorer Thierry Henry.

Speculation has mounted that his international colleague Karim Benzema - who starts ahead of him for Les Bleus - could join the club, and Giroud insists that competition is healthy.

"I'm not honouring this question. I'm trying to focus on my pre-season preparations," he told the club's official website.

"We are doing well together with a really good [cohesion] and the most important for me is that the team is always improving.

"If there is a new striker, it will be nice for all the team, because competition is good for everyone."

Giroud, who missed three months of last season with a foot injury, netted 19 times in 25 starts....


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