Thierry Henry has talked about the recent arrival of Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal, and has claimed he will be the first ever player to be first-choice for his club, while his benched team-mate is favoured for his international side.
The Gunners splashed a club record £52.7 Million on the goalscoring Frenchman, and he is heavily expected to be the club’s first choice this season. Olivier Giroud remains in the squad however, and looks likely to stay on as back-up, but with the international side, things have been vice-versa.
Giroud has remained as the first-choice striker to lead the line for France, but they both have different qualities which can be utilised.
‘(Lacazette) has a different game to Giroud, which I think is good because you need different types of strikers,’ Henry told Sky Sports.
‘It’s ironic when you think about it that Giroud starts for France and Lacazette is his sub, and it looks at club level like Giroud will be the sub. I don’t know if that’s ever happened in the history of the game!
‘He did it in the French league and people might say it’s a different league but, with due respect to Lyon, he’ll also be with better players. I’m backing him to have a good season.
‘But that rotation will be key. Sometimes you’ll need Giroud or even Sanchez in the middle and sometimes you’ll need Welbeck or Walcott, whoever will have an impact.’
Have two players ever had the same situation as we currently have? Will France be forced to promote Lacazette ahead of Giroud if he proves himself in our team?