Olivier Giroud calls former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry "dull"
London, May 21 (IANS)
Premier League club Arsenal's striker Olivier Giroud has hit back at former gunner Thierry Henry, saying the latter needed something controversial as he is too “dull” as an expert.
Henry had put Giroud under the scanner after Arsenal played out a 0-0 stalemate against Chelsea at the Emirates, claiming Giroud lacks the skills to take the north London club to the Premier League title.
“I think Giroud is doing extremely well but can you win the league with him? I wouldn't think so,” Henry had said.
Giroud said that he didn’t like hearing the criticism especially as it came from a former striker for the Gunners and France.
“I heard he was saying too many dull things. That was a bomb and it had its desired effect,” Giroud was quoted as saying by goal.com.
“It was surprising to hear him take apart the team. I say 'team' because it wasn't just me, it was the spine. I think he's wrong. I didn't enjoy hearing it. Coming from an ex-France and Arsenal striker, it's a shame. It was a bit easy for him to say that after Chelsea game.
“We were doing well, unbeaten in 10, my stats were good. It hurt my pride. Maybe (Henry) was angry that I needed fewer games than him to score 50 goals for Arsenal.”
Giroud has not scored for Arsenal since the 4-1 victory over Liverpool in April.