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Henry wants Giroud and Sanchez to play upfront together.

Thierry Henry thinks Alexis Sanchez should partner Olivier Giroud upfront next season at Arsenal

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Arsenal fans are praying that Arsene Wenger signs a world-class striker this summer.

The Gunners may have already secured the services of Japan international Takuma Asano but the 21-year-old isn’t expected to play a big part in the first-team next season. It means the north London club have just Olivier Giroud as their only out-and-out striker - although the likes of Danny Welbeck, Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom could also lead the line.

One man that certainly knows about being a world-class striker at Arsenal is Thierry Henry. The Frenchman is the club’s all-time record goalscorer after scoring 226 times in 369 matches.

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While Gooners worshipped Henry during his time at the club, they certainly don’t feel the same about Giroud. Henry’s compatriot is still failing to win over the Arsenal fans, despite him playing at the club for four campaigns now.

However, Giroud has made Arsenal fans sit up and take notice this summer with his impressive performances - including three goals - helping France reach the last four at Euro 2016. But Henry has no doubts about Giroud’s quality, insisting Arsenal must start playing with two upfront if they are to get the best out of their target man.

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And Henry thinks he knows the perfect man to do just that.

"Sometimes I watch Arsenal and think it would be great to see Sanchez behind Olivier," he told Sky Sports. "Giroud is the perfect striker to play with a guy that runs in behind."

"I've said it many times - Giroud is very good at what he does. He's a very good player but he needs to play with someone.

"Giroud, with his back to goal, is very good; you saw the goal against Ireland when Giroud flicked on and Griezmann scored. He can't turn and outpace anyone, Giroud, but in Griezmann he has a guy he can feed. It's a great partnership. They share the workload of scoring goals.

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"I never doubted what he can do but I think he's better with someone alongside him."

Arsenal supporters may be calling for an Alvaro Morata or an Alexandre Lacazette this summer to replace Giroud rather than partner him, but Henry believes that the club need to play with two strikers - one of which being Giroud.

"Everyone has always said that Arsenal need another striker but that doesn't mean Giroud has to drop to the bench," Henry said.

"He should play with someone because he has all the attributes. I've said before, I would have loved to have played with him.

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"I do not understand why people are scared to play with two strikers. Look at all the teams that have been successful at this tournament - France, Italy have been successful playing a 3-5-2. I think the game is going back to two strikers."

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