The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry famously upset Olivier Giroud last season when he stated that the Gunners could not win the Premier League title with Giroud as our centre-forward. We don’t know whether this criticism became a self-fulfilling prophecy as Giroud’s confidence took a knock and he went on to fail to score in 15 games in a row, which effectively ended Arsenal’s chances of winning the title.
Now, after watching Giroud come on against Sunderland and score two goals with his first two touchs of the game (surely that must be some sort of record?), Henry is now saying that Alexis should be moved behind to allow Giroud to return to his normal Number Nine role.
Henry said: “At the beginning of the season I said I would play them both [Giroud and Sanchez] up front because you can still play around the Arsenal way, but you can also play long when Giroud is there,’
“As soon as Olivier came on [against Sunderland], Alexis Sanchez went on the left. Why not play Sanchez behind Giroud?”
So can that be considered a U-Turn by Henry considering what he said last season. Is he now saying we CAN win the League with Olivier up front?
But the big question is; If Wenger listened to him, where would that leave Mesut Ozil!