Arsene Wenger has sensationally labelled Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ‘wrong’ for questioning Olivier Giroud’s credentials when it comes to leading the Gunners to the Premier League title, suggesting the comments were only made to fit in with the expectations of modern media.
Last week Henry, who is Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, highlighted that it was his opinion that the north London club needed to bring in another striker if they’re to beat the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City to the title, as Giroud wasn’t made of the right stuff.
The Frenchman has improved this year, notching 14 goals, but is still some way short of those topping the Premier League’s golden boot race - see Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane - and as a result critics still have cause to wonder whether or not he can ever be a 20+-a-season forward. Henry’s comments certainly seemed to imply he doubted Giroud, but Wenger doesn’t agree.
Wenger on Henry
"I think he's wrong. He's paid for that," Wenger said, according to the Daily Mail.
"We know all the system now of the modern media, especially on TV. I know how it works. They push you to be controversial because they give you a lot of money.
"I can accept an opinion but the comment on Giroud was a bit more wrong, especially because I heard the same thing being said about Nicolas Anelka, about Thierry Henry himself and about Robin van Persie - and they all became world-class players themselves."
Credentials for the title
Although Giroud did spent the first three months of the season on the injury table the fact that he’s been unable to post the same numbers as Kane, Aguero and Diego Costa might be taken by some as evidence that Arsenal need a more prolific frontman.
After all Alexis Sanchez, who plays more as an attacking playmaker than out and out goalscorer, has 14 goals to his name as well, and Arsenal haven’t looked like really threatening Chelsea for the title this year.
Improvements to be made?
In that respect Wenger could be well served using some of this summer’s budget to bring in a new forward, one who has a reputation for scoring goals on a regular basis.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani is the name sure to be most frequently linked with the Emirates Stadium come the summer as he’s not considered indispensable at the Parc des Princes, although there’s sure to be other, cheaper, alternatives that come forth prior to the opening of the transfer window.
Arsenal fans, is Henry right to question Giroud? Should Wenger bring in a new forward? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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