Thierry Henry responds to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

Thierry Henry has re-iterated his comments that Arsenal need a new striker.

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has told Olivier Giroud he needs to be prepared to compete next season.

Henry said earlier this month speaking to SkySports that Arsenal need a new spine to their team, to give them the squad depth they need to mount a serious title challenge.

The Gunners finished third in 2014/15, but Giroud took offence to Henry's comments, quoted in The Mirror, saying: "I heard he was saying too many dull things."

Speaking to SkySports after the season ended, Henry responded to French international Giroud, seeking to clarify his comments that he is not looking for Arsene Wenger to sell him, purely that more competition is needed across the course of the season.

He said: "Giroud needs help, I said what I said and people took it a bit the wrong way, but when we were winning the title, people were doing jobs when I need rest, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord come in and score a hat-trick, a goal at the end of the game, they were not always starters.

"I think they need another striker, but more with other characteristics to Giroud. I'm not saying to the guys leave, compete (instead). The last 10 years you don't finish in the top two, something has to be done."

Henry was asked whether Theo Walcott could be that guy, after his hat-trick against West Brom at the weekend, but pointed out this was as he had something to prove ahead of the FA Cup Final, and was a rarity for him, before being cut off by fellow analyst Graeme Souness.

Arsenal did sign another striker in the summer with Danny Welbeck, but the England international has been inconsistent, scoring four goals in 25 Premier League appearances.

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