Piers Morgan has labelled Olivier Giroud a ‘second-tier striker’ and believes Arsene Wenger should target an ‘absolute predator’ upfront this summer.
Despite the odd off-game, the French forward has been in decent form for the Gunners since his return to the squad back in mid-January, scoring nine goals in his last 14 outings.
The outspoken journalist and season ticket holder believes that although Giroud is a ‘good striker’, the Frenchman is nowhere near the world’s best:
‘Giroud is a second-tier striker.
‘Giroud is scoring goals at the moment and playing quite well, and is a good striker, but he is nowhere near the level of a Ronaldo, a [Lionel] Messi, a [Luis] Suarez, a Neymar.’
Speaking about the upcoming transfer window this summer, he added:
‘Up front we have got to have an absolute predator.
‘If we want to win things, we have got to be brutal in our policy of signing world class players and making sure they have around them the type of players that will bring out the best in them.’
Arsene Wenger added Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez to the squad over the summer but has kept faith in Giroud by playing him in the centre-forward role ahead of the former duo and other forwards.
Wenger previously claimed that Giroud goal-scoring record is impressive and also has the potential to be paced alongside the likes of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – many think otherwise, including myself.
As for Morgan’s comments, I think they’re a little harsh but also fair. Giroud is a good striker – he has excellent hold-up play, is good in the air and also scores a few goals here and there but I don’t believe he is quality forward, one which will score week in, week out, and fire us to domestic and European glory.
It would be nice to have a forward like Messi or Ronaldo but the truth is there aren’t many top strikers in world football anymore.
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