Thierry Henry rectify’s stance on Olivier Giroud


A few days ago Olivier Giroud responded to the Arsenal legend, turned Sky pundit’s, opinions on him and the Arsenal team. But now Thierry Henry has retraced his steps and tried to clarify what he meant by what he had originally said.

Arsenal’s all-time top scorer had said that Arsenal’s spine was weak, and that this was an area in need of improvement in the summer if Arsenal were going to compete for title next season. They need ‘a top quality striker’.

Naturally, fellow Frenchman and Arsenal’s current main striker, Giroud, was disappointed and disheartened by Thierry’s comments, leading him to come out and express those feelings in the media.

But now Henry has attempted to rectify his stance, or what was perceived to be his stance anyway, telling Sky Sports:

“Alexis Sanchez made me believe he can [take Arsenal to the next level]. But I do believe he needs help. I believe also that Olivier Giroud needs help.

“I said what I said [about Giroud] and people took it a bit the wrong way. When we were winning titles it was because Kanu could do a job when I needed a rest.

“Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord was coming sometimes with a hat-trick there, a goal at the end of a game but were not always starters.

“I think [Arsenal] need another striker -that’s what I said the other day – that has other characteristics than Giroud. I think they need to improve that [squad] with other guys.

“When I talked about the spine and talking about the goalkeeper and a centre-back and a holding midfielder and a striker, I’m not saying to the guys [who are already there] ‘leave and let [new guys] come and play’, no, [I’m saying] compete.”

These remarks come after not only Giroud’s response, but questions put to Wenger about his comments, and also a number of disgruntled fans on Twitter, who had not expected the legend to tear the team apart quite so vigorously after what hasn’t been so much a disastrous season has some would have you believe.

Olivier Giroud Promises to Keep Improving

The French International, who is away on duty this week, has scored 14 goals with 10 assists in his 34 appearances since joining Arsenal for £12.6m in the summer of last year.

Despite these statistics, which appear to be good, he is still not seen as the quality striker Arsenal need, with many of his goals coming in games against opposition in lower leagues, or lower down the Premier League; more often than not in games where many goals were scored ie Newcastle, West Ham, and so on. He is yet to carry these statistics constantly in the ‘big’ games, against the top teams, where his goals and assists record are very scarce indeed.

However the Frenchman feels he is outdone what Van Persie achieved in his first campaign.

“For a first season… It’s better than the start that Van Persie had, even though when he arrived at Arsenal, he was younger.”

However it must be noted that RVP wasn’t the main striker, upon goalscoring hope rested as Henry and Bergkamp were still present.

When questioned on his feelings while Arsenal were linked with other strikers like Huntelaar and Villa, Giroud stated that, “The English press has talked about it a lot,” and it was more of a worry to him, considering he knew Wenger “is not very keen on the January transfer window.”

“It would be lying to say that I did not think about [new signings]. Although, I have always believed that the manager will give me time, and I don’t see him pulling the rug from under my feet.”

Olivier, who has 5 goals in his last 4 games, also claimed, “I have room to improve, which means I can be more ambitious.

“I have matured in my mind. I have also learnt a lot, in particular with my back to goal. I control the ball more when I receive it and I read the situation.”

Before going on to give us an insight to how he has been going about trying to improve his game.

“I am fortunate to have a coach who I can talk to. Recently we made a video and he talked me through how I can improve.

“On the pitch we know what we are doing. There is a trust and communication between us.”

He went on to finish his interview, finally adding that, “As a striker you can’t doubt yourself – in a career you will have periods of scarcity.

“You must be positive constantly and I am like that. Here, it is a requirement at a very high level.

“When you have an opportunity you must take it. When it is not easy, you have to look ahead and demand more from yourself. That is just my motto.”