Bilic raves about the 'great' Giroud

France's Olivier Giroud

The West Ham manager has defended the under-fire Arsenal striker.

France's Olivier Giroud

Quoted by Squawka, West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has labelled much-maligned Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud as a "great player".

The France forward, who scored his country's first goal in Euro 2016, drew a blank in Wednesday night's 2-0 win over Albania as host nation les Bleus stuttered once again but still netted two late goals to reach maximum points in Group A.

The 29-year-old Arsenal man was jeered by some home supporters last night in what is unlikely to do his confidence much good ahead of their final group game versus Switzerland.

Picture Supplied by Action Images - Olivier Giroud

But the big striker - who netted 24 goals in all competitions for the Premier League side last season - is no stranger to criticism, having often received it from Gunners supporters throughout his four-year stay in North London.

That being said, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger clearly rates him and his West Ham counterpart can easily why.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud

“To me, he’s a great player,” Bilic said live on ITV, as quoted by Squawka.

"His body language in a game is not typical English so when he doesn’t score it seems like he doesn’t care enough. That is his problem.

“Apart from that, he’s maybe a victim of playing for a big, big club when basically you have to score week-in, week-out. His record, not only for France but for Arsenal, speaks for itself. He’s a great player.”

Giroud does certainly seem to get a hard time of it by Arsenal fans, and has done regularly throughout his stay with Wenger's side.

Then again, from Thierry Henry, to Van Persie, to Ian Wright, Arsenal have been spoiled by some ridiculous goalscorers over the past 25 years and perhaps he is a victim of his predecessors' success more than anything.

Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring the first goal for Arsenal

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