Carragher: Arsenal's Olivier Giroud is underrated; Neville predicts two summer signings

Olivier Giroud

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was the subject of discussion on SkySports on Monday evening.

The loaded question of whether Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is a title winning striker was posed to Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher on SkySports Monday Night Football.

Neither pundit used the opportunity to criticise the Frenchman, with Carragher in particular fighting his corner.

He responded: "I like Giroud when I watch him. Is he a flat track bully? Is he enough to win the league? He's not a Suarez or Aguero, and Costa is more aggressive, he won't ever be world class, but although they brought Welbeck in, Arsene Wenger when he came back from injury.

"I think he's an underrated player. Whether its enough to take them to the title, like Henry, Anelka, he's not in that class."

The question however is a bit of an unfair one, as it's rare any particular forward is solely a 'title winning striker'. Even Luis Suarez, referenced by Carragher, failed to win the Premier League for Liverpool last year despite his heroics. 

In this age of competing for multiple competitions, teams often need more than one reliable goalscorer, and Gary Neville believes Arsene Wenger will make further moves for a forward this summer as well as solving a need elsewhere.

He said: "To win a title it comes down to more than one player. In isolation, maybe over the season, you'd want more. Arsene Wenger may be looking for a centre forward in the market as well as a midfield player. He tried to get Luis Suarez and he's not in that calibre."

Giroud missed more than two months with a broken bone in his foot early this season, but has bounced back to hit consistent form.

The 28-year-old French international has 11 goals in 18 Premier League games, and three assists, and 14 goals in 24 games in all competitions.

Arsenal signed Alexis Sanchez this summer and he is currently the team's top goalscorer, but the beauty of signing the Chilean is that he can play in any position, alongside Giroud, meaning Wenger does not have to adjust his system.

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