Jamie Redknapp suggests his criticism of Arsenal star Olivier Giroud has been proven wrong

Jamie Redknapp has backtracked on his previous comments regarding Olivier Giroud.

Olivier Giroud netted his 50th goal for Arsenal at the weekend, helping them to a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

The striker has returned in impressive form since a foot injury kept him out for more than two months earlier in the season, and has re-established himself as the Gunners main man in attack, with new signing Danny Welbeck moved out to play either on the wing or sit on the bench.

With the Frenchman a crucial part of the Arsenal team, pundit Jamie Redknapp has admitted his previous doubts over the forward have been answered.

He told The Mail: "A lot of people, myself included, have been critical of Olivier Giroud in the past.

"There has always been too much focus on what he can’t do rather than what he can. But now he is an absolutely key man for Arsenal.

"He’s not your typical Gunners player. He’s big, strong and likes to play through the middle, but his role at the top of the team lets the rest of the creative dynamos buzz around him."

Earlier in the season, with Giroud injured and Arsenal performing well, Redknapp had told the Mail he felt the striker would struggle to get back into the side.

Arsene Wenger's faith in him has been justified, with the attacker particularly refocused since his suspension after a red card against QPR in late December.

In his last seven games he has five goals and three assists, and heading into their Champions League tie with Monaco this week, Giroud could not have wished for a better lead in than last season when he was dropped for the tie against Bayern Munich due to off-field issues.

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