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Arsene Wenger slams Henry as he insists Giroud is world class

Jeremy Wilson

Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30

Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud is world class striker
Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud is world class striker

Arsène Wenger has bluntly told Thierry Henry that he got it wrong in his criticism of Olivier Giroud and reminded his former protege that he was also told he could never become a world-class player.

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Following Arsenal's 0-0 draw against Chelsea, Henry claimed that Wenger still needed to rebuild the spine of the team with four new players and specifically pointed the finger at Giroud, saying "they need a top, top quality striker to win this league again".

Arsenal are on a run of 14 wins in 17 matches since January and Giroud has scored 18 goals in 22 starts during a season that has been disrupted by three months out with a broken foot.

Wenger suspects that Henry felt pressurised to offer a strong opinion and, apparently mindful of his reputation as the best-paid pundit in English football, joked that he ought to start being charged for visiting the Arsenal training ground.

Henry is Arsenal's record goalscorer and generally regarded as the best player in the club's history. His qualities, however, were doubted in earlier spells at Monaco and Juventus and he also took time to reach his phenomenal peak at Arsenal.

Wenger said: "I think he's wrong. I can accept that's his opinion but the comment on Giroud was a bit more wrong, especially because I heard the same thing being said about Nicolas Anelka, about Thierry Henry himself and about Robin van  Persie.

"And they all became world-class players themselves. It doesn't cost to say that."

Wenger also stressed that Giroud's value went beyond simply goals and pointed out that he also helped other attacking players reach their full potential. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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