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Thierry Henry explains how Arsenal should use Sanchez and Giroud

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Arsenal look on course to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season.

Since defeat to Liverpool on the opening day, Arsene Wenger's men have won seven of their nine league games and scored an impressive 23 goals.

They finds themselves joint-top on 23 points as a result, ahead of the aforementioned Liverpool but behind Manchester City on goal difference.

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It's hard to place a finger on what's changed at Arsenal, but through Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott, Arsene Wenger seems to have found a winning formula.

The Gunners were at it again on Saturday, thrashing Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light and extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to 14 games.

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There's a noticeable buzz around the Emirates Stadium at present, with Thierry Henry just as optimistic of his former side's chances.

In fact, the Frenchman believes he has identified the key to Arsenal's Premier League title hopes this season: Olivier Giroud.

According to Henry, using Giroud as a super-sub - and Sanchez as the lone striker - could bear fruit and finally see the trophy return to north London after 13 years of anguish.

"Yes, he can be a plan B, but I don't know if he's going to be happy coming off the bench. I think you win a title like that," Henry told Sky Sports, per the Mirror.

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"[Manchester] United had [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer and [Teddy] Sheringham, [Edin] Dzeko for [Manchester] City, we had Sylvain Wiltord, so can he accept that to do that?

"We know the boss, Arsene Wenger, now likes to play with Alexis Sanchez inside and Giroud came on and did the job and he did it very well."

Henry even discussed the prospect of playing Giroud alongside Sanchez but explained how that might affect Ozil, who has almost acted as a second-striker in recent weeks.

"He (Giroud) is amazing in the air and that gives you another option," the former striker added.

"If you can have Sanchez in the middle and him coming off the bench, or sometimes maybe you start him and Sanchez goes back outside, or Sanchez goes around him, but that's more difficult because you're playing Mesut Ozil.

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"I think you have a different option, but that's great for the boss."

With Sanchez firing on all cyclinders and Ozil thriving from the Chilean's vision and creativity, it would be impossible for Wenger to reinstate Giroud.

Because who would he drop? Alex Iwobi continues to impress on the left flank while Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both in fine form down the right.

Bringing Giroud back into the fold would require Wenger to reshuffle his squad, which at this moment in time just isn't feasible nor logical.

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Thierry Henry
Olivier Giroud
Alexis Sanchez
Football
Premier League
Mesut Özil
UEFA Champions League
Theo Walcott
Arsenal

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