Giroud talks about how he watched Shevchenko in detail.


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud admits he tried copying former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andrey Shevchenko when he was younger.

The legendary Ukraine striker Shevchenko was adored by Giroud and the Gunners forward explained how he studied him in detail.

“When I was young I tried to run like Shevchenko because he was a fantastic player and really elegant as well,” he 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.

“I don’t think [my coach] noticed though, because it was a quick try. It was not an obsession!”

The French international also talked about how he has also worked on his own runs over the years.

“Sometimes the boss used to say, ‘Of course the striker has to go to the near post because after it will create some space behind you, even if you don’t get the ball, the defenders will have to follow you,’” Giroud said.

“After it’s easier for maybe a midfielder or the other forwards to make other runs. We say most of the time, ‘first post, first there’.

“In that situation it was true but the crosses Hector [against Newcastle] and Theo put in, against Spurs last year, were perfect. After that, it’s all about the outside of my foot.”


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