Red hot: Giroud scored a hat-trick for Arsenal in midweek

By Amir Mir

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas hopes Arsene Wenger has opened his eyes on how to utilise Olivier Giroud after his successful strike partnership with Antoine Griezmann at Euro 2016.

The highly-criticised forward has scored three goals and made two assists for his home country during the European Championships, but it is his strike partner Griezmann who has benefited from his presence by pilfering an impressive six goals to top the tournament scoring charts.

Nicholas has provided an assessment of each player ahead of the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal on Sunday evening and claimed Giroud should be used in a different way by his club next season.

“I’m his biggest critic and fan at times,” Nicholas wrote in his Sky Sports column. “It’s an eye opener for Arsene Wenger about what playing somebody alongside him does.

“The big fella has done well. The French don’t like him because he can be too static and cumbersome but if you put somebody up around him he’s a lot more effective.”

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Giroud scored 16 Premier League goals last term, but that was overshadowed by the Frenchman’s 15-game goal drought which resulted in the targetman getting highly criticised from the Arsenal supporters.

The 29-year-old played a pivotal part in France’s win over Germany on Thursday, although it was Griezmann who went on to secure a famous triumph with two clinically taken goals.

But, Nicholas who made 184 appearances for the north London club scoring 54 goals, pinpointed France manager Didier Deschamp’s tactics as a way forward for his French counterpart.

In the latest Arsenal news, Arsene Wenger has given an emphatic answer as a number of clubs enquire about his star striker.