Thierry Henry on one aspect he likes about Olivier Giroud

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has been in superb form of late.

Former Arsenal hero Thierry Henry says Olivier Giroud’s willingness to always look for the ball and link up with his teammates is an aspect he really likes about the striker, he told Sky Sports.

Giroud has been in superb form of late, netting a hat-trick in the crunch Champions League victory over Olympiakos before setting the Gunners on their way to a 2-0 weekend win at Aston Villa.

Former player Henry felt his compatriot was the game’s outstanding player at Villa Park, and pinpointed a key aspect of his game which he admires.

"For me, he was man of the match," Henry said. "I like his all-round play and his work-rate. We all know he can hold the ball well up front and he does it with ease at times. He can hold the ball, flick it, and will also do the dirty work.”

"He's always available, that's one thing I like with him. He will always ask for the ball.”

Many pundits and observers have often questioned Giroud’s ability, no more so than Henry who previously stated, in comments published by the Mirror, that Arsenal cannot win the title with the Frenchman leading the line.

But the former Montpellier man is proving his critics wrong, scoring 14 goals in all competitions this season including goals against Bayern Munich and Olympiakos on the biggest stage.

Giroud may not be blessed with blistering pace or tricky footwork, but he offers Arsenal something they simply do not have when he is absent and that is a focal point up front.

Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil seemingly play better knowing they have a pivot to work around, and results suggest the same too with Giroud’s win percentage very high.

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