Thierry Henry thinks Alexis Sanchez should play as a striker

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Arsenal might not be making much progress in their quest to find a new striker this summer but - much to the dismay of Gunners fans everywhere - there is also the very serious possibility that they will fail in their attempts to sign Gonzalo Higuain or Mauro Icardi.

So, while another season of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott up front may not sound overly distressing to Premier League defences up and down the country, one man thinks a tactical tweak from Arsene Wenger could still make Arsenal a force to be reckoned with.

Thierry Henry may have left his youth coaching role at the Emirates last week to continue working in the media but it hasn't stopped him advising his old boss what to do.

The former Arsenal striker thinks Giroud in particular, could benefit by changing Alexis Sanchez's position after watching the Copa America and closely following his own nation's progress at Euro 2016 for the BBC.

In an interview with The Sun, Henry said: “You can see that Giroud becomes a better player when he has people around him.

“Look how he played for France with Antoine Griezmann.

“He is very good when he can flick and hold up play - his link-up play is second to none. But he needs players around him making runs behind him.

“When I see Sanchez play for Chile, he is up front, free. Not on the left, not on the right. That might be something. If Alexis can be used in and around Giroud, instead of being wide, both of them will benefit from that.”

Giroud scored 24 goals in all competitions last season and enjoyed being the focal point of France's attack in their own back yard, therefore may well have earned himself one last shot at being Arsenal's go-to-guy in attack.

And the striker wasn't the only Arsenal star to catch Henry's eye at Euro 2016.

Aaron Ramsey was another player who enhanced his reputation in France by taking Wales to the semi-finals in an historic run and Henry believes Wenger must get him to replicate those performances in the upcoming campaign.

He added: "You are always going to talk about Gareth Bale as he was outstanding, but for me, Aaron Ramsey was as good, if not a bit better.

“He showed Arsene what he can do in midfield.

“Now we have Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, it is difficult when you want to be in the middle for Arsenal. But what was good for Aaron was that he showed everyone.

“Reading between the lines of what he says, he would prefer to be in the middle, but he will do a job on the right or wherever the boss asks him to play.

“Maybe he didn’t score the six goals that Griezmann scored but assists, goals, energy, defending, going forward — hopefully that can be good for Arsenal if he can come home and play the same way.”

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