Olivier Giroud was the victim of some rather misguided comments from Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, and the Frenchman claims he would like to have words with his compatriot to smooth things over.
Henry has turned to punditry since calling time on his career, and has been working with Sky Sports in recent months. The King is largely infallible when it comes to us Arsenal fans, but his initial comments regarding Giroud – which he has since clarified – were arguably a little harsh.
“Giroud is doing extremely well, but can you win the league with him? I wouldn’ t think so,” Henry said (via the Daily Mail).
“They need a top, top quality striker to win this league again.”
Giroud was superb following his return from injury last season, and was perhaps one of the best strikers in the league in 2015. He is not in the mould of previous Arsenal legends like Henry or Ian Wright, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a quality forward.
His form dipped a little following Henry’s comments, and it seemed as though the words from a legend of both club and country had dented his confidence.
He insists that he hasn’t been affected however, claiming that he doesn’t listen to what others say.
“To be honest, when you are a footballer you don’t have to listen to people commenting about your performance,” said Giroud, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“The main thing is not to have any doubt when you miss a chance or miss a game. It can happen sometimes.
“The best thing is to forget about the comments straight away and to keep the head up and not let it affect your qualities.
“I know Thierry and I knew what he wanted to mean. If I see him we will have a conversation between two men.
“I’m not angry against him but it’s true that I didn’t understand at first. I think he reacted about his words and explained them more.
“But it’s alright. I’m not going to be upset about that. I’m sleeping well and as long as my family is OK that’s the main thing. It doesn’t affect me too much.”
He claims the best thing to do is to forget about the comments immediately, but he certainly doesn’t seem to have done that.
You’d argue that there is a degree of truth in what Henry said, even if he went about saying it the wrong way. We probably can’t win the league with Giroud alone, as not only is the burden on his shoulders far too much, but he facilitates a certain style of play and we need a plan B.
Hopefully he is over the comments by Henry and is able to get off to a flying start to the new campaign. He can start with an impressive showing in pre-season, with the powerful forward likely to see some game time against Singapore XI.