Ray Wilkins: Why Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud isn’t world class

Ray Wilkins believes Olivier Giroud is the perfect alternative for Arsenal

Ray Wilkins says Olivier Giroud’s lack of pace means the Arsenal star can’t considered a world-class striker.

The France striker scored his 50th Premier League goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League at Villa Park last weekend.

Giroud took 113 games to net 50 top-flight goals for the Gunners, with only Thierry Henry and Ian Wright achieving the feat in less matches.

The 29-year-old forward has scored five times in his last three games in all competitions, including a hat-trick against Olympiacos earlier this month.

However, former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Wilkins explained why Giroud isn’t quite a world-class striker ahead of Arsenal’s clash against Manchester City on Monday night.

Wilkins told BT Sport: “I don’t think so.

“He is perfect for Arsenal because he is an alternative.

“For a player to be world class, you have to have that little bit of pace about you. Giroud doesn’t have that.”

Arsenal striker Giroud has scored six times in 16 Premier League appearances so far this season.

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The Gunners are two points behind current leaders Leicester City ahead of their clash against the Citizens at Emirates Stadium.

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