Thierry Henry: Why Olivier Giroud won’t be happy with this Arsenal role

Thierry Henry: Why Olivier Giroud won’t be happy with this Arsenal role


The Arsenal legend questions whether Olivier Giroud will be happy to start most games from the bench.

Thierry Henry doesn’t believe Olivier Giroud will be content with an impact substitute role at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger turned to the France international in the second half at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon after Jermain Defoe’s penalty cancelled out Alexis Sanchez’s opener.

Giroud scored with his first touch to edge Arsenal into a slender before the 29-year-old netted his second goal of the game just five minutes later as the Gunners eased to a 4-1 win.

The powerful striker’s impact from the bench has led some ex professionals to suggest that Wenger has unearthed a plan B which the Arsenal manager can turn to if Sanchez isn’t firing.

While Henry believes Arsenal will need a wealth of attacking options if they are going to end their 12-year title drought, the former France striker isn’t sure whether Giroud will be happy with starting most Premier League games from the bench.

 ““He can be a plan B but I’m not sure if he is going to be happy coming off the bench. You win a title like that. We had Sylvain Wiltord doing that for us. He came on, did the job and did very well,” Henry told Sky Sports on Monday night.

Giroud scored 16 times in the Premier League last season as Arsenal finished in second place in the table.

He scored Arsenal’s second goal in Tuesday night’s 3-2 win at Ludogorets in the Champions League.