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Arsene Wenger: 'Olivier Giroud remains important, despite striker hunt'

Arsene Wenger insists that Olivier Giroud is still a "quality" player for Arsenal, despite the club's hunt for a new striker.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that striker Olivier Giroud remains integral in the team, despite the club's search for a new forward.

The North London outfit have been linked with a number of big-name stars this summer, including Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Manchester United frontman Wayne Rooney.

"[The transfer rumours are] nothing to do with the quality of Olivier Giroud," Wenger told the club's official website. "It's just number-wise, we are a bit short."

Recent reports have claimed that Arsenal, who are said to have £70m in their transfer kitty, have had a £30m bid rejected by Liverpool for controversial striker Suarez.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger prior to his side's match against West Bromwich Albion on April 6, 2013
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