Giroud: Di Maria & Costa have impressed me - but Sanchez is fantastic

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The Arsenal striker has been impressed by the Manchester United & Chelsea stars but is full of praise for his team-mate.

Olivier Giroud admits Manchester United's Angel Di Maria and Chelsea striker Diego Costa have impressed him this season.

The Gunners forward, who has only just returned from several months out injured, picked the Man United and Chelsea stars out as his standout performers of the Premier League season so far.

Neither, however, drew as much admiration from Giroud as his own Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez.

When asked who has impressed him from other teams this term, the 28-year-old told Sport Magazine: "Angel Di Maria has been good. And Diego Costa, of course. He has scored 10 goals already and settled very quickly in the Premier League.”

But Giroud was considerably more generous with his praise of Arsenal's £35 million man Sanchez...

"He’s really clever and a fantastic player – for the moment, he is our best player," the Frenchman said.

"I was not surprised by his quality, because I knew him from Barcelona. But he brought not only quality to the squad, but happiness and determination too. He is a fantastic professional."

Chelsea are currently six points clear at the top of the Premier League and travel to Sunderland this weekend. Manchester United are further back in fourth and face Hull City, while Arsenal are eighth and travel to West Brom in tomorrow's early kick-off.

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