Chris Sutton: This Arsenal striker has been unfairly criticised

Chris Sutton believes Olivier Giroud has been unfairly criticised at Arsenal this season

Chris Sutton believes Olivier Giroud has been unfairly criticised at Arsenal.

The France international has struggled to tie down a regular spot in Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up this season after the Arsenal manager decided to switch Alexis Sanchez into a centre-forward role.

Giroud has silenced some his critics over the past week or so after the striker netted an 86th-minute winner in Arsenal’s 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion to end their two-game losing run.

The 30-year-old scored an incredible scorpion kick in the Gunners’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day to net in back-to-back games.

Giroud has still managed to find the net on five occasions this season despite making 10 of his 12 Premier League appearances from the bench.

Former Chelsea striker Sutton believes the Arsenal centre-forward is underrated and is capable of scoring a variety of goals unlike his team-mate Sanchez.

“I think Olivier Giroud has had a bit of a hard time. Some of the criticism has been slightly unfair,” Sutton told BBC Radio’s 606 podcast.

“Sanchez in a central role for Arsenal has done a terrific job but Giroud still has plenty in the tank. He is a scorer of good goals and different types of goals than Sanchez. He can have a big say in Arsenal’s season.”

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Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League last season after Giroud scored 16 times in the 2015-16 campaign.

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