Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack says Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is becoming his favourite player at Euro 2016.

Giroud was named man of the match after scoring twice in France’s 5-2 victory over Iceland in the quarter-finals, a victory which sets up a clash with Germany in the final four.

And former Germany captain Ballack has heaped praise on the 29-year-old, who has been much maligned by Arsenal supporters throughout his three years in north London.

“Maybe he doesn’t get a lot of praise sometimes because he is not that fast. But Giroud really knows how to play upfront on and off the ball and we saw that today [against Iceland],” he said

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“He is becoming my favourite player in the tournament so far because he plays in a way that always helps the team.”

Giroud may have impressed this summer but Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still being linked with a move for a new striker, with reports on Monday suggesting the Gunners have made an enquiry for Napoli hitman Gonzalo Higuain .

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