Thierry Henry has compared Olivier Giroud to former England striker Emile Heskey, suggesting that both players have always been a little unappreciated, as reported by the Mirror.
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Giroud gets a huge amount of stick from the fans, both with Arsenal and with France. Some of it is deserved, but a lot of the hard work he does unquestionably goes unnoticed. The French forward has plenty of short-comings, and he is unlikely to ever be a 30 goal per season striker. He works hard for the team though, has fantastic hold-up and link-up play, and isn’t nearly as bad as many make out.
Henry believes that just like Heskey, Giroud makes other players look good while not getting the credit. He also stressed that Giroud can’t carry the weight of everything alone, and needs a contrasting striker to play alongside him.
“I was always feeling sorry for Emily Heskey when he played for England. Giroud is that type of guy,” he said.
“Michael Owen was taking all the glory but the people couldn’t see what Heskey was doing for Owen.
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“But if you take Owen away then suddenly you look at Heskey and he doesn’t score.
“So you need a Heskey and an Owen.”
While Heskey is considered a bit of a laughing stock, Henry was also full of praise for Giroud. He suggested that the target-man was good enough for France, although questioned whether alone he was right for Arsenal.
“He is a very good striker,” he continued.
“He won the league in France but was it enough for Arsenal as a team since he went there? No.
“But yes he is good enough for France. He is good with his back to the net. He has that touch.
“He has shown in the past he is good enough for France and will have to show it even more because [Karim] Benzema isn’t going to the Euros.
“So the pressure will be even bigger on him and the squad.”
While Giroud does take a lot of unnecessary flak, there’s no doubt that we need a new striker this summer. We’ve needed a top quality forward for years, and this summer it really seems like there’s a good chance we could finally get one. Admittedly it doesn’t seem like there are many forwards out there of the required calibre, but Arsene Wenger can’t possibly ignore the need for a striker any longer.
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