By Amir Mir
Thierry Henry has suggested that Arsene Wenger should deploy Alexis Sanchez as a second striker in order to coax the best from Olivier Giroud.
France international Giroud scored three goals and made two assists as his side were beaten in the finals of the recently concluded European Championships.
But, it was Giroud’s teammate Antoine Griezmann who benefited from his hold-up play and flick-ons as he finished the tournament as top scorer with six goals.
Henry, Arsenal’s all-time top scorer with 228 goals in 376 appearances, feels his former manager is not getting the best out of the attacking line he has at his disposal.
“You can see that Giroud becomes a better player when he has people around him,” said Henry as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“When I see Sanchez play for Chile, he is up front, free. Not on the left, not on the right. That might be something. If Alexis can be used in and around Giroud, instead of being wide, both of them will benefit from that.”
Giroud scored 16 Premier League goals last term, but was heavily criticised from supporters for going on a 15-game goal drought which played a part in the Gunners failing to secure yet another league title.
The former France international used Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann as an example of getting the best out of the much-criticised Premier League target-man.
“Look how he played for France with Antoine Griezmann. He is very good when he can flick and hold up play – his link-up play is second to none – but he needs players around him making runs behind him.” said Henry
As reported by Football Insider, Wenger is keen on a move for Italy-based striker Gonzalo Higuaín as the supporters crave for a world class striker.
The Gunners have failed to lift the Premier League trophy since 2004, which has seen the manager, current and past players being constantly slated for finishing in the top four, but not getting the job done.