Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has revealed it would be a “great joy” to play alongside legend Thierry Henry if the New York Red Bulls striker completes a January loan move.
The 35-year-old played for the Gunners earlier this year on a two-month temporary deal while the striker was training with Wenger’s side during the MLS off season. The move turned out to be a stroke of genius with the former French international bagging two vital goals and hushed the critics that questioned the move.
Arsene Wenger has hinted a possible deal may eventuate again this winter, however his current employer’s sporting director Andy Roxburgh looks like he may prevent any such deal to prevent their star player becoming fatigued ahead of their next season.
Even though a future deal is still up the air, Giroud is keen to play alongside his compatriot and learn from the vast experience the Arsenal legend has to offer.
The former Montpellier forward told L’Equipe:
[Henry] misses the enthusiasm around the Premier League. But he didn’t tell me if he will be back. It would be great joy to play with him.
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I have to improve my statistics again and again. I have been patient and worked.
When you come into a new club, there is a time to adapt. Even Thierry Henry experienced it. If I could achieved just half of what he achieved…
I love the city [London], it is eccentric, and so cosmopolitan. There are so many things to do. You can never be bored.
Certainly Henry’s influence in the dressing room and on the training ground will be very helpful for the likes of Giroud, Gervinho, Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain who all require more experience in the Premier League.
Giroud has started to find his feet with the Gunners and has been in decent form recently, battling hard and working for the team. But there is still a lack of cohesion at times between himself and his fellow attackers that will come in time. Henry will be able to help his compatriot with his movement and communication with his fellow team mates, which will help develop the overall effectiveness of Arsenal’s attack.
Wenger has praised the Frenchman for his efforts but he will need to be on top form against a tough Everton side who sport the tall and feisty Fellaini, with Giroud also assisting on the defensive side recently to great effect. He is by far the best attacking option up front, although Gervinho had a few decent games as striker, Olivier is a far better team player who can hold up the ball and distribute well. Personally I don’t really rate the Ivorian very highly.
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