Thierry Henry changes his tune regarding Arsenal's Olivier Giroud

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Thierry Henry previously said Olivier Giroud wasn’t good enough to lead Arsenal to the title.

Thierry Henry has performed a U-turn with regards to Olivier Giroud, telling The Sun how he and playmaker Mesut Ozil can lead Arsenal to a Premier League title.

Since becoming a popular pundit for Sky Sports, Henry has been quite critical of the France international striker and questioned whether he was good enough for where the club want to go.

“I'm afraid, they need a top, top quality striker to win this league again. I think Giroud is doing extremely well. But can you win the league with him? I wouldn't think so,” Henry said last season, quoted by The Telegraph.

But since those remarks last April, Giroud has since helped the Gunners win a second successive FA Cup and head into 2016 topping the Premier League table with Chelsea nowhere to be seen.

The former Montpellier man has been such a crucial figure for Arsene Wenger’s side, scoring 12 goals and adding a further two assists in 16 Premier League starts.

Moreover, he came off the bench to help Arsenal beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League and netting a hat-trick in the do-or-die clash against Olympiakos in Greece.

With Giroud at the top of his game and scoring an abundance of important goals, Henry has performed a U-turn and lists the 29-year-old plus Ozil as the players to lead his former side to the title.

“Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil are finally showing the consistency to match their unquestionable ability. Now they can lead Arsenal to the title because the team has learned how to win the big games even when they don’t dominate possession,” he wrote in The Sun.

Ozil has been just as good this season, racking up 16 Premier League assists in 20 encounters.

There is genuine belief around the Emirates Stadium that this is the year to end their long wait for a title, and with players gradually coming back from injury they will soon be at full strength.

This weekend they face reigning champions Chelsea, with the Blues occupying a place in the bottom half.

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