Ferdinand and Hamann react to Olivier Giroud assist on Twitter

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The Arsenal striker set up Theo Walcott's goal against Leicester City.

Football pundits Rio Ferdinand and Dietmar Hamann have praised Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud for his assist in the 2-1 win over Leicester, via Twitter.

The Gunners were trailing 1-0 to the Foxes after a Jamie Vardy penalty had handed the visitors the lead.

However, a Danny Simpson red card saw the tide change and the home side take charge as they sought to draw the game level.

That leveller came in the 70th minute, as Giroud cushioned a Hector Bellerin cross into the path of fellow forward Theo Walcott, who duly finished past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to draw the scores level.

And writing on Twitter, Ferdinand and Hamann were full of praise for the role the Frenchman played in his side’s equaliser.

This assist is the latest in what has been an impressive season for Giroud as Arsenal’s first choice centre forward this season.

He has managed 12 goals for the Gunners so far, making him the club’s highest goal-scorer by some distance, as well as putting him as the fifth highest goal-scorer in the Premier League.

Add in his four assists so far as well, and that is an excellent return for the striker, with many now questioning whether he is the world-class forward that Arsene Wenger’s side have long needed.

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