Olivier Giroud reminded Sky pundit Gary Neville of Real Madrid’s Portuguese superstar during Arsenal’s 4-1 win at the weekend…
Manchester United legend and Sky pundit Gary Neville has compared Olivier Giroud’s opening goal against Newcastle this past weekend to Cristiano Ronaldo’s headed effort against Roma in the 2009 Champions League, reports the Islington Gazette.
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Having recently made his return to action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Olivier Giroud was dominant during Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Premier League rivals Newcastle United last weekend.
The Frenchman grabbed himself a brace against the Magpies, but it was his first goal that particularly caught the attention of the ex-Manchester United defender.
“He has come back and done really well,” he said.
“I really enjoyed his first goal, it was a classic Giroud goal.
“Arsenal played some really good football, and it was a really good goal.
“He reminded me of Cristiano Ronaldo, that leap, he scored one of my favourite ever goals for United and Giroud’s was like that.
“I really enjoyed that goal.”
The 28-year-old has been excellent since returning from the broken foot he suffered against Everton in the early stages of the season. He has netted three times since his reintroduction to the side in November, including a stunning strike on his return to action in the dying moments of Arsenal’s 2-1 loss against Manchester United.
Arsene Wenger’s side have gotten off to a faltering start so far this campaign, but back to back 4-1 wins in the Champions League and the Premier League along with the return of key figures such as Olivier Giroud should give them the platform to kick on and get their season started.