Ex-Manchester United star: Arsenal ace reminds me of Tottenham legend

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Gary Neville has stated Olivier Giroud reminds him of none other than Teddy Sheringham.

The pundits in the SkySports studio ahead of last night's game spent several minutes devoted to analysing Olivier Giroud's style of play.

But there was one nugget of analysis which stood out, one quick line which we found interesting from Gary Neville.

"He reminds me of Teddy Sheringham a little bit, bringing people into play. He's different."

Neville of course played alongside Sheringham for Manchester United and England and knows all about the qualities he possessed.

Sheringham was once the point of ridicule among Arsenal fans for his lack of medals, only for the forward to turn it around in the 1998/99 season when he won the treble.

The former Football Writers Player of the Year was touted as the archetypal number 10, a player who sits best behind a main striker, able to utilise the space between the opposition's midfield and defence.

Giroud is certainly more of an out and out striker, who leads the line in a way Sheringham may not have been able to do so well on his own.

However the Frenchman does have a creative streak in him, and is adept as Neville says at holding the ball up and bringing his teammates into play.

It is that element of his play which has enabled him to work for so long at Arsenal even with the fact he scored in just one game in November.

His qualities have allowed players like Aaron Ramsey to blossom and make goalscoring a key facet of his own game, and that is what truly makes Giroud top class.

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