Arsenal’s all-time highest goalscorer Thierry Henry feels the man leading the line for his former team at the moment isn’t good enough.

Henry was speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports during Arsenal’s goalless Barclays Premier League tie against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday where Olivier Giroud struggled to register two shots on target despite scoring 14 league goals already this term.

“I think Giroud is doing extremely well. But can you win the league with him? I wouldn’t think so,” Henry said.

“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.”

The Gunners might finish this campaign in second place behind Chelsea and can also cap off an impressive season by winning the FA Cup for the second successive year but Henry has criticised Arsenal’s recent
dealings in the transfer market and has urged Arsene Wenger to buy four new top players this summer.

Henry stated that Arsenal need a goalkeeper, centre back, defensive midfielder and striker if they are to have any chance of winning the league title, which has eluded them for 11 years next season.

“I think they need to buy four players – they need that spine,” the former France striker continued.

“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.”


  1. Totally agree with Henry. I have been saying that for the last two seasons myself. And then Wenger brought in Welback for all that money. I don’t think he is good enough either. Should have kept Afobe and Podolski. They need to get rid of some deadwood like Diaby and Sanogo. They can buy a really clinical striker like Higuain or Cavani. I would hate to see him go, but Arsenal may also sell Campbell in order to balance the books, in addition to Podolski.

    • Agree too! Oliver is not the player that can change a game when the going get tough. His contribution and work rate cannot be doubted however. But being world-class? Not yet and will he be one…hmmm?
      Arsenal still need one more “world-class” striker. Someone that have the intelligent, fast thinking and super work rate like Sanchez! But Giroud compare to Wellbeck, I will take Giroud anytime. Wellbeck is just a waste of money.


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