Olivier Giroud has revealed that when he was younger he modelled his style of play on former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko.
Shevchenko may have been largely considered a flop during his time at Stamford Bridge, but with Dynamo Kyiv and Milan the Ukrainian was considered among the best in the world.
“When I was young I tried to run like Shevchenko because he was a fantastic player and really elegant as well,” Giroud told Arsenal.com.
“Sometimes at training I used to start running like him. He runs in a special way and he was really powerful – short but strong. I tried to imitate his shots as well.”
Giroud still polarises opinion among the fans at the Emirates Stadium, with some thinking he is not good enough for us and others believing the France international possesses great talent.
The 28-year-old has certainly been in fairly decent scoring form since first joining from Montpellier back in 2012, netting 45 goals in 110 appearances in all competitions.
With Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo both having left on-loan this January transfer window there will certainly be more emphasis on Giroud and summer signing Danny Welbeck now as well.