The Frenchman has started this season in blistering form…
Marseille manager Elie Baup reckons Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud has all the attributes to become one of the best strikers in world football, reports the Mirror.
The 26-year-old has started this season in brilliant form, scoring in each of Arsenal’s four Premier League games, which sees them sitting in second spot in the Premier League, behind the undefeated Liverpool.
Arsenal spent much of the summer chasing a world-class striker, and had bids for Gonzalo Higuain and Luiz Suarez rejected.
Ahead of Wednesday evening’s Champions League tie, Baup thinks that in Giroud, travelling opposition Arsenal already have a forward up there with anything else in the world.
“Giroud was always appreciated in France. His career was not a typical career. He did not start on a great club level,” said Baup, whose Marseille side are arguably the weakest in Group F.
“He went to Montpellier, won the French championship, but has progressed now to the point that he started last week in the French national team ahead of others.
“He is powerful, strong in the sir and with the midfield he has now at Arsenal then he will continue to progress.”
Thanks to his outstanding club form, Giroud recently started for France ahead of Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, and is also becoming increasingly appreciated among Premier League fans.
With Lukas Podolski out injured, Giroud is Arsenal’s only fit, established striker at the club, and until January at least, Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League hopes rest heavily on his shoulders.