EPL 2016/17: Olivier Giroud can help the Gunners win, provided he plays as a sub, says Thierry Henry
Olivier Giroud can play a crucial role as a substitute in Arsenal's run to the title, according to the former Gunner Thierry Henry.
The 30-year-old forward played a crucial role in Saturday's game against Sunderland, where he came off the bench to score the second and third goal, in Arsenal's 4-1 victory at the Stadium of Light.
However, it is quite unlikely that he will be a regular in the playing XI, with Alexis Sanchez presently in sensational form as a striker, and Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi backing him up in the three positions behind him.
Could play an important role from the bench
Nonetheless, Henry believes that the French striker can fit in perfectly well in this dynamic, provided he is happy playing as a substitute. Giroud, who spent a huge portion of the season recovering from a toe injury, is believed to be one of the key players for Arsenal's title hopes by the former captain.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the two-time league winner at Arsenal said, "Yes he can be a plan B but I don't know if he's going to be happy coming off the bench but I think you win a title like that."
Giroud's presence in the match against Sunderland proved to be quite useful, as he came off the bench to break the 1-1 deadlock and give his side a 3-1 lead in a matter of minutes. This kind of energy and versatility is quite possibly what they need at the moment, especially with November being a crucial month for the Gunners. They will be hosting Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain, in addition to visiting Manchester United between the two games.
Henry further added, "[Manchester] United had [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer and [Teddy] Sheringham, [Edin] Dzeko for [Manchester] City, we had Sylvain Wiltord so can he accept that to do that? We know the boss, Arsene Wenger, now likes to play with Alexis Sanchez inside and he came on and did the job and he did it very well."
No personal agenda for Giroud
Giroud's view on the matter is certainly an optimistic one. Keeping his personal interests aside, he said, "We can play together, we can play up front, or on our own. The team is doing very well, from the start of the season."
"I hope to come back and work hard at training. But I'm happy as long as we win."
"We have a very good team cohesion. I'm not questioning myself too much about my place. I'm focused on the team," he added.
Arsenal face Ludogorets in the Champions League on Tuesday and Olivier Giroud could find himself named in the starting lineup.