Gary Neville compares Olivier Giroud to Cristiano Ronaldo

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Gary Neville made an unusual comment on Monday night where he compared Olivier Giroud with another Manchester United legend, Cristiano Ronaldo.

It's not exactly a common thought for most people, one would imagine, what with Cristiano Ronaldo being one of the greatest players ever to play the game and the Arsenal centre-forward being a talented but inconsistent £12million signing from Ligue 1.

"He reminded me of Cristiano Ronaldo"

Ok, we are messing with you a bit here, Neville was actually comparing the goal that Giroud scored in the Gunners' 4-1 win over Newcastle United on Saturday and one scored by Ronaldo while he was still playing for Manchester United.

The Emirates Stadium erupted early on during the match when the France international rose high above the Toon defence to power home a header from Alexis Sanchez's cross. It was the kind of goal one would expect a forward of his stature to score and one that should happen more often.

Neville was full of praise for Arsene Wenger's side when reviewing their performance on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football and was especially happy with the goal, claiming that it reminded him of, we think, Ronaldo's header against Roma in the Champions League in 2009.

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"He has come back and done really well. I really enjoyed his first goal, it was a classic Giroud goal. Arsenal played some really good football, and it was a really good goal," said Neville.

“He reminded me of Cristiano Ronaldo, that leap, he scored one of my favourite ever goals for United and Giroud’s was like that. I really enjoyed that goal.”

Wide Of The Mark

While Neville has a point about Giroud's impact since returning from a broken leg, his claim that it was a "classic" goal is wide of the mark. Arsenal fans know well that he does not score towering headers nearly enough.

However, against Newcastle his record with his head is very good; opening the scoring was his fourth header on target against Alan Pardew's men and his fourth goal. His second on the night, a deft outside of the boot flick from close range, was his sixth goal in five games against them.

Nice Bit of Variety

Since recovering from the injury he picked up away at Everton in August, Giroud has added an extra dimension to the Arsenal attack. Danny Welbeck has provided some extra pace and power in the centre-forward position but, as we saw against Newcastle, they work well as a combination with Alexis Sanchez in a front three.

Anyway, below is the Cristiano Ronaldo goal we think Nevill is talking about - have a look…

What do you think? Is Neville right or is he talking guff? Which one do you think was better? Whatever it is you want to say, say it below...

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