Martin Keown: Why Olivier Giroud can make Arsenal history
Martin Keown runs the rule over Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud
Martin Keown says Olivier Giroud can create history with Arsenal.
The France international scored a hat-trick in the north London side’s 3-0 victory over Olympiacos in Greece in their must-win Champions League group stage on Tuesday night.
He’s in possession of the shirt and he has the chance to prove people wrong
Giroud has become the seventh Premier League player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League after his stunning treble against Wednesday night’s Greek opponents.
The 29-year-old striker initially fell down the pecking order at The Emirates after Arsene Wenger turned to Theo Walcott before the England man suffered an injury.
While the former Arsenal defender doesn’t believe Giroud is on the long-term option for Arsene Wenger, Keown insists Giroud does have a big part to play.
“Football clubs should feel like a home and I’m not sure Giroud feels 100 per cent at home. But when he’s on song, he is such a good attacking option,” Keown told Daily Mail.
“He acts like a backboard for the rest of the team to base their attacks around.
Whether he’s the long-term answer doesn’t matter right now. He’s in possession of the shirt and he has the chance to prove people wrong.
“There will be talk in January about bringing in others but if Giroud keeps playing as he did in Greece, he has a chance to make history with Arsenal.”
Giroud has scored 15 times for club and country in 28 games in all competitions this season.
The France international moved to Premier League side Arsenal from Ligue 1 side Montpellier in 2012.
Arsenal travel to Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.