Arsenal can win the title with Olivier Giroud says Francis Coquelin

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Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has hit back at Thierry Henry over his claims that the Gunners will never win a title with Olivier Giroud leading the line.

Henry hit out at his fellow Frenchman following his performance in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea at the weekend which all but ended Arsenal's slim chances of catching Jose Mourinho's men in the title race.


Giroud has managed 14 goals in the Premier League, putting him fifth on the top scorers list this term but Henry believes Arsenal need an upgrade in order to win their first title since 2004.

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He told Sky Sports: 'They need a goalkeeper, they still need a centre back, they still need a holding midfielder and, I'm afraid, they need a top, top quality striker to win this league again."

However Coquelin has moved to defend his Arsenal team-mate, saying Henry is 'wrong' and insisted that Giroud is the man to take them back to the top.

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The French midfielder told RMC: 'Giroud shows his potential every week. Thierry Henry is wrong. 
'He showed that he has the level to be the Arsenal striker, and we can win titles with him. We are disappointed with the result against Chelsea because we were on a good run.


'Now the target is to focus on the end of the championship, win all the remaining matches to get this second place, and of course win the FA Cup final.'

Arsenal currently sit in third place in the Premier League after the stalemate against Chelsea, with only goal difference separating them from Manchester City in second. Arsene Wenger's men have a game in hand on both City and Manchester United, who are two points further back in fourth.

The Arsenal manager is adamant that there isn't a huge gulf in class between Arsenal and Chelsea, and admitted he was frustrated to watch his side draw a blank at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. 


"Overall the team were at their top level again and we are a bit frustrated because we always score here (at the Emirates Stadium). Not to score means you go home and think, 'What happened?'," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"Do we put that down to the quality of Chelsea's defending? Do we put that down to the fact that we lacked a bit of sharpness in the final third? Maybe both. "You could see that (there is) not a lot (between the teams).

"We missed the first part of the season - after six games we had one win and Chelsea were already five or six points in front, that played a big part in the run-in."


Thierry Henry is being a little harsh on Giroud - he's managed the same amount of goals as Alexis Sanchez despite playing 1000 less minutes in the Premier League, while his goals-per-game ratio is almost identical to Diego Costa.

The Frenchman is more than a goalscorer and although he spurns a few easy chances he links play together very well. He has earned the chance to lead the line next season in the hope he can keep injury free and find his best form.

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