Paul Merson claims Chelsea FC star Olivier Giroud is similar to Liverpool FC legend

The Arsenal legend believes Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud is similar to Liverpool FC legend Emile Heskey

Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud Photo: Chelsea FC TV

Paul Merson has likened Chelsea FC striker Olivier Giroud to Liverpool FC legend Emile Heskey.

The Blues signed Giroud in a £21m deal from their bitter rivals Arsenal in the January transfer window under Antonio Conte.

Giroud won the FA Cup three times during his five and a half seasons at the north London outfit.

The 31-year-old scored 105 goals in 253 games in all competitions since his move to Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012.

The France international was never a prolific goal-scorer despite contributing some valuable goals.

Giroud has found his first-team opportunities limited at Chelsea FC since his move in January.

However, the World Cup winner has proven adept at bringing his team-mates into the game.

Former Arsenal star Merson believes Chelsea FC striker Giroud is a similar player to retired England striker Heskey.

“Giroud is a proper team player,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He reminds me of Heskey.

“When the team is winning it’s great. He brings team-mates in. When they draw, the stats come up.”

Chelsea FC finished in fifth spot in the Premier League table last term after he missed out on a Champions League spot.

The Blues will take on Videoton in the Europa League group stage at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night.

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