Can this Arsenal star be considered as world class yet?

Olivier Giroud found the back of the net twice at St James’s Park, and his status as a ‘world class’ forward was brought to light. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is backing his forward, saying there is even more to come from Giroud, but he is already world class. Is he right?

Olivier Giroud’s season did not get off to a great start: despite scoring in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Everton, Giroud picked up an ankle injury back in August that was to keep him from playing football for five months. But Giroud’s impressive recovery – which was called one of football’s ‘best kept secrets’ –  saw a return almost two months earlier than predicted.

During the time Giroud spent sidelined, Arsene Wenger’s side managed to win just three games out of nine. Looking at their current form, they are doing far better with Giroud. Arsenal are on course to retain the FA Cup, as well as making the top four in the Premier League – although some think they have the potential to win the title.

Olivier Giroud has 17 goals to his name for the season, 13 of them in the Premier League: the majority of which have been scored with his left foot. Ten of these goals have been netted in his last six games. No doubt had Giroud not picked up that unfortunate injury, he would have added plenty more to that tally. It is evident that he is crucial for Arsenal, and one is left to wonder would they have already pipped City to the second place spot had he been fit.

Using the comparison “Olivier Giroud has scored more goals in 2015 than Cristiano Ronaldo” is honestly stupi, though. Ronaldo being out of form does not make Giroud a Ballon d’Or candidate.

Giroud may not have made many headlines throughout this season, despite his good form, which could be down to Harry Kane filling column inches with his form for north London rivals Tottenham. Spurs’ main man has had an amazing season thus far, and is on course to lift the Golden Boot come May. It has been difficult for others to get a look in with the media because of this and, of course, the fact he is English.

It is clear to see that Olivier Giroud is very much keeping Arsenal’s chances to snag second place alive. If Arsene Wenger is right, and there is more to come from Giroud, then he can certainly be considered world class. I believe this accolade should be used few and far between, or else it loses all meaning entirely.

Lionel Messi is the epitome of world class, and Giroud could never match Messi. Although, Giroud absolutely deserves praise, especially in recent weeks. If he can continue this form into next season, and keep fit, he’ll be one to watch.