Olivier Giroud has many qualities, but it’s fair to say that pace is not his biggest asset.
This was evident during France’s Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany on Thursday evening.
Giroud found himself in behind the German defence, about 45 yards from goal, but his lack of speed allowed Benedikt Höwedes to get back and produce a magnificent block.
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Thierry Henry, of course, also represented France and Arsenal during his illustrious career. It’s safe to assume there only would have been one outcome had he found himself in the same position.
Henry was working as a pundit on the BBC when Giroud’s chance was brought up by his colleague Alan Shearer - and the retired French striker couldn’t contain his laughter.
The 38-year-old, who could probably still run faster than Giroud, turned to Rio Ferdinand with a big smile on his face and the pair of them started to crack up laughing.
Video: Henry's reaction to Giroud's lack of pace
Video: Giroud's missed chance v Germany
Henry has criticised Giroud in the past
Henry has been critical of Giroud in the past.
Last year he questioned whether Arsenal could win the Premier League title with the Frenchman upfront.
"I think Giroud is doing extremely well. But can you win the league with him? I wouldn't think so," Henry said on Sky Sports, according to the Mirror. "He does a job, and he does it ever so well, but you can't win the league.
"Arsenal were at the top of the league last season, but everyone was saying they are not going win the league."
Giroud then retaliated by telling L’Equipe, per the Mirror: "I heard he was saying too many dull things. That was a bomb and it had its desired effect."
This latest incident will do little to improve the relationship between the two compatriots.
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