After capping a fantastic Champions League performance with his first ever Arsenal hat-trick against Olympiacos and following that up with the opening goal in our Premier League trip to Aston Villa, Olivier Giroud will already have been feeling pretty pleased with himself.
But just in case he was not happy, the former Arsenal strike star Thierry Henry and his current colleague in the forward line Theo Walcott have spoken out to heap more praise on the big France international. Henry, who is one of only two Gunners to score 50 goals for the club faster than Giroud, was fulsome in his praise in a Sky Sports report.
Working in his role as a TV pundit, Henry actually made his fellow Frenchman the pick of the Arsenal players from the Aston Villa game. Perhaps it was another attempt to apologise to Giroud for the comments that upset our centre forward in the summer.
Henry said, “For me, he was man of the match.
“I like his all-round play and his work-rate. We all know he can hold the ball well up front and he does it with ease at times. He can hold the ball, flick it, and will also do the dirty work.
“He’s always available, that’s one thing I like with him. He will always ask for the ball.
“Well done to him and Arsenal at the moment. They are flying.”
Also, even though he is in direct competition with Giroud for the coveted centre forward role, Walcott spoke in another Sky Sports report about how great it was to have the big man on the pitch with you.
The England forward said, “He’s in great form at the moment.
“He’s a dream to play with and he makes our job a lot easier. As soon as I won the penalty, I just knew that he would score.
“Confidence is streaming through him and you want that in the busy Christmas period. You want players that are on form and he’s definitely one of them.
“It’s not just his goals, it’s his general play and everything about him. The way he holds the ball up, he blocks it and defends it, and he works hard from the team from defensive corners and everything.”
Better than being called a donkey by the likes of Piers Morgan eh Ollie?