Giroud reveals which legendary striker he used to model himself on

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud idolised a certain Ukrainian legend while he was growing up.

They may not share many of the same traits, but French forward Olivier Giroud has explained to Arsenal's official website how he tried to emulate AC Milan hero Andriy Shevchenko when he was growing up.

Known for his powerful running and clinical finishing from dead balls and open play, the retired Ukrainian scored 321 goals in 648 appearances throughout his career, that included a not-so-succesfull spell at Chelsea in 2006.

Giroud, who came through the youth system of French sides Froges and Grenoble, claims it was Shevchenko's running style and shots that he tried to copy most.

He told Arsenal.com: “When I was young I tried to run like Shevchenko because he was a fantastic player and really elegant as well.

“Sometimes at training I used to start running like him. He runs in a special way and he was really powerful - short but strong. I tried to imitate his shots as well.

“I don’t think [my coach] noticed though, because it was a quick try. It was not an obsession!”

It's unfortunate for Arsenal that Giroud never turned into a Shevchenko sort of striker because that is the sort of player they've missed since the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United in 2012.

However, the 28-year-old has developed more into a target man and poacher whereas the Rossoneri legend was a complete forward that could also play in an advanced wide-left position.

He may not be a world beater, but Giroud is still considered as a good option for Arsenal to have in attack and he has proved so this season by scoring five goals in the 10 Premier League games in which he has featured.

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