Thierry Henry does not believe his former club Arsenal can win the Premier League title with Olivier Giroud as their main striker.
The retired France international made the surprise comment about his compatriot following the Gunners' 0-0 draw with London rivals Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.
Giroud has endured an injury-hit campaign but, when fit, has scored an impressive 18 goals in 27 appearances. However, Henry is not convinced the 28-year-old is good enough for the north London outfit if they harbour serious aspirations of ending their wait for the Premier League title.
"I think Giroud is doing extremely well. But can you win the league with him? I wouldn't think so," he 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 has improved over past 12 months
Giroud has scored 41 Premier League goals since joining the Gunners in the summer of 2012 - 14 of which have been registered this season - and roughly averages a goal every other game.
The former Montpellier striker has improved as a centre-forward over the past 12 months, but perhaps lacks the same star quality as the likes of Diego Costa, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Aguero.
Henry: Arsenal need a completely new spine
Henry feels Arsene Wenger needs at least four new players this summer - to assemble a completely new spine - including a new world-class striker to replace Giroud.
"I think they need to buy four players - they need that spine," he added. "They need a goalkeeper, they still need a centre back, they still need a holding midfielder and, I'm afraid, they need a top, top quality striker to win this league again.
"You had the best example with Chelsea here today. They were struggling last season to win the league. They went on to buy [Thibaut] Courtois, [Nemanja] Matic, Cesc [Fabregas] and [Diego] Costa.
"For me, that speaks volumes and you saw it today - a team didn't and a team did, and they are about to win the league again.
"He [Arsene Wenger] has to do it. You need to have this competitive thing within the group - to win the league, that has to happen."
Arsenal, as they have done for the past 17 seasons, are on course to secure a top-four finish. They can also replicate last season's achievements by lifting the FA Cup; Wenger's men face Aston Villa in the final at Wembley next month.
Henry failed to identify a potential replacement for Giroud, but one name that has been banded about in recent months is that of Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, the 23-year-old France international who has scored a magnificent 30 goals in 37 appearances this term.
Luis Suarez has also been linked, but the idea of Barcelona even considering the possibility of selling the in-form Uruguay international is pure fantasy. Furthermore, the South American forward is more than content playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar at his dream club.
Arsenal fans: do you agree with Thierry Henry? Will the Premier League title continue to evade the Gunners all the time Olivier Giroud is upfront? Have your say in the comments below!
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