Alan Shearer: Why Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud isn’t world class

Alan Shearer says Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud should be scoring 25 goals a season in the Gunners side

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Alan Shearer says Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud isn’t world class.

The France international scored either side of half-time at Anfield in the Premier League leaders’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Giroud has scored 12 goals and has made two assists in 21 Premier League games so far this season – only Odion Ighalo, Riyad Mahrez, Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy have netted more times than the Gunners man.

Reflecting on Giroud’s performance against Liverpool, Shearer insisted that the 29-year-old should really be scoring at least 25 goals a season in Arsene Wenger’s side.

Shearer told BBC Sport: “I don’t think he’s world-class. In his four seasons, he is yet to hit 20 league goals. In this Arsenal team, you should be getting 25 league goals.”

The Gunners have been linked with a January transfer window swoop for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubayemang in recent weeks.

Arsenal are still top of the Premier League table but level on 43 points with second-placed Leicester City.

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Wenger’s side make the trip to Stoke City in Sunday’s late kick-off and the Gunners haven’t won at the Britannia Stadium since February 2010.

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