A war of words seems to have started between Olivier Giroud and club legend Thierry Henry, with the two Frenchmen taking swipes at each other in the media. Henry recently claimed that his compatriot was not good enough to lead us to the title, with Giroud hitting back at him and branding him dull, as reported by French publication L’Equipe.
Our 28-year-old forward has been struggling for goals in recent weeks, but has generally been in phenomenal form since returning from injury. He has been scoring withe regularity in 2015, and was a huge part of the side that propelled us up the table.
The criticism from Henry seemed a little harsh at the time, especially given Giroud’s fine form. But the player turned pundit is not alone in his opinion, with many fans feeling we need to improve on Giroud if we are to challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title.
Giroud clearly relies on confidence as a forward, and Henry’s comments may have impacted him. We have certainly witnessed a dip in the former Montpellier man’s form since our 4-1 win against Liverpool, and it could be to do with the media attention he has been receiving.
He has no problem defending himself though, and hit back at Henry for his comments.
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“I heard he was saying too many dull things. That was a bomb and it had its desired effect,” Giroud said, as quoted by L’Equipe.
The HFB has been a huge part of what has been a not unsuccessful season so far, and deserves to be praised for his contribution. There is no question that we could improve on him, but to say we can’t win the title while he is leading the line seems a little unfair.
Another striker is needed this summer, but Giroud has shown on plenty of occasions that he has what it takes to compete with the best of them.