Olivier Giroud
Giroud scored 19 goals in all competitions last seasonGetty Images

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he would welcome bringing a striker to the Emirates as it would increase competition and increase the level of performance in the team.

The Gunners are back in England following their triumph over Everton in the final of the Barclays Asia Trophy, whom they beat 3-1, taking their count of goals scored in the the two matches played to seven.

Giroud has been criticised for his failure to influence big games, with club legend Thierry Henry stating that the Gunners need a better striker up front, if they have to challenge for the title next season.

The Frenchman drew a blank against Everton, but scored in the FA Cup final in May when he came off the bench to score Arsenal's fourth goal, having already put the game to bed against Aston Villa.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Karim Benzema but Arsene Wenger has banished all rumours, stating that such a move is not on the horizon.

"I'm not honouring this question. I'm trying to focus on my pre-season preparations," Giroud said after winning he Barclays Asia Trophy, as quoted by Goal.

"We are doing well together with a really good [cohesion] and the most important thing 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," the forward added.

The Gunners are heavily stocked in that department, with Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Chuba Akpom all capable of playing through the middle. Wenger has also tried slotting in Alexis Sanchez in that role, but is likely to make an offer if a top prospect becomes available.

The Gunners will take on Lyon and Benfica in the Emirates Cup next weekend before facing Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley in the coming week.