Arsene Wenger’s response to Thierry Henry’s comments about 28-year-old

Thierry Henry recently said that Arsenal cannot win the Premier League title with Olivier Giroud as their number one striker.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended striker Olivier Giroud against criticism from Thierry Henry in quotes published by The Mirror.

Last month, former Arsenal striker Henry said that the Gunners cannot win the Premier League title with Giroud as their number one striker.

“I think Giroud is doing extremely well,” Eurosport quoted the former France international as saying. “But can you win the league with him? I wouldn't think so. He does a job, and he does it ever so well, but you can't win the league.”

Wenger has now defended Giroud, claiming that the former Montpellier star is a very good player.

“Nobody can win you the Premier League title alone,” the Frenchman told beIN Sports, according to The Mirror. “Olivier Giroud is part of the squad and he has done extremely well.

"He’s scored 14 goals in the Premier League in 20 games. He works very hard for the team. Alone, of course he cannot win it.”

Giroud has scored 14 goals and created 28 chances in 26 Premier League appearances this season.

The France international has a pass accuracy of 68% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and he has won 98 headers, seven dribbles and 19 tackles.

Last season, the 28-year-old scored 16 goals and created 37 chances in 36 league matches, while in the 2012-2013 campaign, he found the target 11 times and created 34 chances in 34 league appearances.

Giroud’s goalscoring record is not exactly great, but he has been consistent - more or less. While Wenger is right in saying that his compatriot alone cannot win the Premier League title, the former Tours star does need to score more goals.

The 28-year-old does seem to get the job done, though. Giroud has been banging in the goals lately and remains an important player for Arsenal.

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