Jamie Redknapp vouches for importance of Arsenal's Olivier Giroud

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Jamie Redknapp feels Olivier Giroud proved his value for Arsenal at the weekend.

Jamie Redknapp has told The Mail he feels Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud proved a point against Everton.

Giroud has recently lost his place to Theo Walcott up front, but was recalled for the visit of the Toffees.

The Frenchman had come off the bench to score against Bayern Munich in midweek, and was rewarded with a start at The Emirates on Saturday.

Redknapp said: "Giroud showed the value of having somebody who can hold the ball up and bring other people into play.

"He scored again and, even though Theo Walcott has shown good form, Giroud is an important option for Arsenal."

Walcott was rested entirely, with Arsenal going onto record a 2-1 victory. Giroud now has five Premier League goals in 11 games this season, just four of which have been starts.

Redknapp compared him to West Ham ace Andy Carroll, who netted a winner at the weekend against Chelsea.

He said: "Football snobs like to say there is no place in the modern game for the old-fashioned centre forward, but Andy Carroll and Olivier Giroud showed otherwise on Saturday.

"I’m all for playing attacking, attractive football but there is more than one way to win a football match."

Arsenal have often been criticised in recent years for lacking a 'plan B', while Giroud has never totally convinced as a 'plan A'. Walcott's emergence as a first choice striker may have finally seen the pieces of the puzzle slot into place, and the Gunners are reaping the benefits, currently sitting level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. 

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