Arsenal star comes out on top in Thierry Henry battle

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Well then, there you have it - Olivier Giroud is better than Thierry Henry. Fact. Ok, so perhaps this isn't strictly true, but the former can boast to have superior stats to the Arsenal legend at the same point in his Gunners career.

Giroud has not quite been a competent replacement for Robin van Persie - not yet, anyway - and two goals in ten appearances for the club is hardly an impressive return for a striker acquired for £12 million.

But the 26-year-old's first Premier League goal for Arsenal, coming in the weekend defeat of West Ham, was registered after 303 minutes of playing time this season - over two hours quicker than it took Henry to net in the league.

When Henry scored his first league goal for the Gunners in his eighth outing the French legend had played 464 minutes for Arsene Wenger's side, and the strike sparked a fruitful season for the forward.

Henry went on to score a further 16 goals in the league during his first season with Arsenal, and what the Gunners would give for Giroud to produce a similar return in his maiden campaign with the club.

Giroud is certainly hopeful his goals can contribute to success for the Gunners this season, and believes they are capable of challenging for the Premier League, despite a recent slip-up to leaders Chelsea.

“We had a bad one against Chelsea last week,” he told “It was important to go in front and to win [against West Ham].

“We’ll keep going and stay confident for the future. I think we have a very interesting role in this championship.”

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