Arsenal's Olivier Giroud: 'Compare me to Beckham but I'm no Ibrahimovic

Olivier Giroud may be a divisive figure in England, even among Arsenal fans, but back in France he is most admired.

Olivier Giroud is also becoming a fashion icon in his native France, featuring as a cover model on the front of magazine Sport Et Style.

In an interview published on their website this week, Giroud compares himself to David Beckham, but admits he does not have the charisma of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I was sometimes called 'the French Beckham.' It's nice. He built a very popular image among women.

"He has a good rating even if he made ​​mistakes in his life. He is a fashion icon too.

"Without an extraordinary football talent, he became a star. I knew him during training and he is a great guy. He is very respectful. This is a great pro. He could be an example for me."

He adds: "Frankly, I do not think I have the charisma or the personality of a Cantona or "Ibra". I think I fall between Ginola and Beckham."

Giroud naturally cannot exude the charisma of the likes of Ibrahimovic, it's not in his make-up. But is this what Arsenal actually need?

The closest Arsenal have had in terms of an extrovert personality playing up front, is their record goalscorer Thierry Henry, whose presence alone scared defenders.

If Arsenal are to move to the next level, perhaps a striker along the lines of an Henry or an Ibrahimovic is really required, rather than placing their faith in Giroud.

Finding one won't be easy, but it simply has to be the priority for Arsenal this summer if the Gunners are to turn their league title challenge into reality.

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