Olivier Giroud responds to Jose Mourinho's 'boring' jibe, Coquelin hits back at Henry

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Arsenal's stars have responded to their critics.

Perhaps never before has a 0-0 draw at home yielded so much criticism for Arsenal.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hit out, telling The BBC that the Gunners were boring for failing to break his side down, while ex-Arsenal striker Thierry Henry told SkySports that Arsene Wenger needed to sign a new spine of the team, including a striker.

Now the Arsenal players have had their right of reply.

Olivier Giroud responded indirectly to both topics, telling The Guardian: "I am proud of what I’ve done and I’m pleased with that."

The Frenchman suggested that second place was good progress for the side compared to previous seasons, before responding to Jose Mourinho's jibe.

He said: “Boring? I don’t know but there is the table which speaks for them. It is true maybe they are not [playing] the same game as us but we are not going to change our game and I think they are not going to change their game. I think they are pleased with that and if they are champions, what can you say?"

Chelsea are on course to win their first title since 2009/10, and few at Stamford Bridge are complaining with the club 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Midfielder Francis Coquelin also had his say in response to criticism of the side, focusing on Thierry Henry's comments about the investment he believed was required to turn them into title winners.

He told French radio station RMC, reported by Goal: "Thierry Henry is wrong. Giroud shows his potential every week"

"He showed that he has the level to be the Arsenal striker, and we can win titles with him."

Coquelin's comments backing his teammate show the belief which exists at the club in their own abilities, and by now they must be used to such criticism.

The midfielder's confidence to call out Thierry Henry is emblematic of his own growing stature in the side, having become a key player for the club in the second half of this season.

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