Jamie Carragher: I’m a big fan of Olivier Giroud, but he’s not a No1 Arsenal striker

The former Liverpool defender still has his doubts about Olivier Giroud

Jamie Carragher doesn’t believe Olivier Giroud is good enough to be Arsenal’s first-choice striker.

The France striker netted a sensational scorpion kick goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day to take his tally to five goals this term.

Giroud has underlined his continued importance to the Arsenal side in recent weeks after the 30-year-old scored a late headed winner in the north London side’s 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion.

However, the Arsenal star has only started two Premier League games this term since Arsene Wenger opted to play Alexis Sanchez in a centre-forward role in his Gunners team.

Speaking at Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, former Liverpool defender Carragher gave an honest assessment of Giroud and his contribution to the Gunners squad.

“I’m a big admirer of Giroud. I don’t think he’s good enough to be the number one striker at one of the top clubs in Europe and that’s been one of the criticisms of him over the last few years. He’s a 15-20 goals a season man, not 25-30,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“The difficult thing at top clubs is having a second striker who’ll accept being on the bench but when he does play, still has enough quality to decide games. Giroud is the perfect second striker who will still get his 25-30 games a season and will chip in with 10-15 goals.”

Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season but 10 points behind champions Leicester City.

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The Gunners haven’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04.

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