Matt Doherty says World Cup attacker Arsenal sold for £18m is so 'underrated'
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Matt Doherty says World Cup attacker Arsenal sold for £18m is so 'underrated'

Tottenham Hotspur defender Matt Doherty has named Olivier Giroud as a player to watch at the World Cup today.

Giroud pulled level with Arsenal icon Thierry Henry on 51 France goals by scoring twice in the 4-1 win over Australia earlier this week.

The AC Milan striker will expect to get past Henry’s total by the end of the World Cup and faces Denmark this afternoon.

That game will not be easy, because Denmark beat France home and away in the most recent iteration of the Nations League.

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Doherty on Giroud

Speaking to Spurs’ official website, Doherty said: “France v Denmark, barnstormer.

“If I’m not mistaken, Denmark have been very good against France lately and a couple of our lads in action also makes the game more interesting.

“I’m going for a French win; they just have the X-factor offensively. Olivier Giroud, he’s on the cusp of becoming France’s all-time top goalscorer.

“What an achievement that would be. Let’s see how he gets on tonight. For me, an underrated striker.”

Giroud left Arsenal to join their London rivals Chelsea back in January 2018 for a fee worth £18 million (Evening Standard). 

Virgil van Dijk recently described Giroud as his bogeyman, a player who always seems to score against him even when he thinks he’s got him under control.

Giroud would likely not have such a big role for France if Karim Benzema had not been forced out of the World Cup through injury, but if the Australia game is anything to go by, he is determined to take his chance.

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