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Thierry Henry backs Arsenal to sign Jackson Martinez

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Thierry Henry believes Porto striker Jackson Martinez could be a good fit for Arsenal this summer, reports Goal.com.

Henry, who previously starred in north London under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, has, however, claimed that the forward is a similar player to Frenchman Olivier Giroud, who is already plying his trade for the club. 

The former Arsenal man, though certainly wouldn't be upset if Martinez arrived at the Emirates, insisting that the forward is a 'bit more powerful' than Giroud. 

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"[Jackson Martinez] can be a good fit," Henry told reporters. "But you already have the likes of Giroud who looks a bit like him as a striker in the way they play, with their back to the goal.

"He can be a good addition. He had a good season in the Champions League but you have guys already.

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Giroud's level 

"I think Giroud is more or less the same type of guy. I guess maybe Martinez is a bit more powerful and can run a bit more in behind but we'll see what Arsene's going to do."

Despite seemingly wanting Arsene Wenger and Co. to improve the club's attack in this transfer window, the Arsenal hero went on to suggest that the club's strikers did ok in the 2014/15 campaign. 

He continued by saying: "Overall the Arsenal strikers didn't do badly this season."

It remains to be seen, of course, as to whether the Arsenal hierarchy step up their interest in Jackson Martinez, who has also been heavily linked with a move to Serie A outfit AC Milan.  

World-class? 

The problem for Wenger, though, is that it's crucial he adds world-class talent to his squad this summer, and some will argue that Giroud is on the same level as Martinez. At the end of the day, if the north London outfit really are going to step up and maintain a title challenge next term, then it's crucial that the club move forward in the transfer market. 

Ultimately, fans will be hoping for signings in a similar bracket to the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, who will be desperate to help the club secure the Premier League title sooner rather than later. 

A striker addition, then, would no doubt excite the Gunners faithful, but is Martinez really good enough? Ok, so he has enjoyed a great deal of success on the European scene throughout his career, but at 28-years-old, he's not exactly going to lead the club's line for many years to come. 

For Martinez, though, having starred at Porto since 2012, this may well be the right time for him to test his credentials in England's elite division. In truth, it will be a risk all round. 

Arsenal fans: Do you want Martinez to sign for your club? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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