Olivier Giroud shows animal instinct to destroy Olympiakos with hat-trick

Frenchman was at the top of his game as he answered his critics by underlining his worth to both Arsenal and his manager Arsène Wenger

The curiosity about Olivier Giroud is that on a good day he can look like, as Arsène Wenger chose to put it after one of his most bullish performances, “an animal”. At full power he is the kind of beast that throws his weight around and makes a big noise. On less-good days he can morph into a noticeably more ponderous creature. Those are the displays which prompted Thierry Henry to wonder not so long ago whether Arsenal could win the league with Giroud leading their line.

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