Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was quick to explain his criticism of Olivier Giroud when speaking at Monday’s kit launch and blamed the mainstream media for taking his words out of context, he told ArsenalFanTV.
The Frenchman seemed rather harsh on Giroud after our goalless draw against Chelsea in April and indicated that we wouldn’t be able to win the league with him up front.
“I think Giroud is doing extremely well. But can you win the league with him? I wouldn’t think so,” Henry said (via the Mirror).
During a period where Giroud was in a hot-streak, Henry’s comments seemed wholly inappropriate and he has this week clarified the intention behind his words.
Rather than displacing his countryman, our record goalscorer was simply stating that we need more options in the centre-forward position to take the load off Giroud.
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“It’s easy to take a line out of context,” Henry told ArsenalFanTV
“I scored 24/25 goals in 2006 and we didn’t win the league because we didn’t have a variety of striker, that’s what I mean.
“Him, alone as a striker, he can’t win it. But that’s the way it is and I know how the press works.”
There seems to be a delicacy whenever Giroud’s suitability is discussed among our fanbase and it seems to derive from his visible effort.
However, it’s been three years and he’s yet to hit the 20 goal mark in the Premier League, which is a total expected from an elite player in a title challenging team.
If we were to add a world class striker to our ranks this summer, then we’ll certainly possess a forward-line which would match the best teams across Europe.