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Thierry Henry wants an Alexis Sanchez & Olivier Giroud partnership

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Thierry Henry has never hidden his belief that Arsenal need a new striker and has, at times, criticised Arsene Wenger's overreliance on Olivier Giroud, but it appears the Sky Sports pundit has warmed to his striking compatriot over the summer.

The Arsenal legend believes that Giroud could well be the top-level striker that all Gunners fans want, but has theorised that Wenger may well be using his attacking players in the wrong position.

He has called on his former manager to give Alexis Sanchez and Giroud the chance to form a partnership up front together. That may sound a little strange at first but Henry believes that Giroud has already proven he is capable of playing with someone like Sanchez.

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The 29-year-old was paired alongside Antoine Griezmann for much of France's Euro 2016 campaign and both flourished en route to the final. Griezmann found the back of the net six times while Giroud scored three and created a further two.

Henry now wants to see the same thing happen at Arsenal, believing Sanchez has all the attributes to copy Griezmann.

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New partnership

He told Sky Sports: "People are calling for a striker, but I wonder if it would be a good situation if Sanchez could play behind Giroud.

"We saw at Euro 2016 what Giroud can do when someone is close to him. I don't mean a number 10, I mean a number nine; someone who can run in behind. Giroud can flick, he can hold and he is clever, but I would like to see a strike-force so he can share the tally of goals in a season with another guy.

"You saw with Chile what Sanchez can do when he plays up front in a free role away from the wings, where it is not easy to score goals because you have to stay there and track back. That could be the guy we are looking for."


Elephant in the room

Avid fans of Arsenal are probably wondering the same thing at this point. In that formation, where do you put Mesut Ozil? The German playmaker was incredible at No.10 last season but would have to be shifted to allow Sanchez to move centrally.

Henry believes Ozil, who came so close to breaking his own assist record, could repeat his fine form on the wing.

He continued: "People will ask me, 'where do you put Ozil?' He could be on the wing and he is clever enough to play wherever. The wingers at Arsenal tuck in early and he might need to run a bit more in that situation.

"I just think when you have a guy like Sanchez and you saw how great Giroud was with a player running beyond him, then it could be a great partnership."


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