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Henry praises Giroud as former Arsenal forward closes in on record

Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry has waxed lyrical about Olivier Giroud.

Speaking to Goal, the retired ace claimed that he is delighted the Chelsea man is closing in on his France goalscoring record.

Henry also revealed that he has been in talks with the 6 foot 3 ace ahead of this summer’s Euro 2020.

Giroud is just seven goals away from matching Henry’s record of 51 goals for Les Blues. Whilst it took Henry 123 caps to reach that figure, the 34-year-old could overtake him in fewer games, having made just 107 caps.

Giroud endured a tough season with the Blues last campaign. He featured just 31 times in all competitions, starting none of the last 18 Premier League and Champions League games.

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His contract is expiring at the season and he’s been linked with a move to AC Milan.

When talking about the soon-to-be free agent, Henry said: “It would be great, a great achievement. Records are made to be broken. I often speak to him actually, whenever he scores a goal or two, and I always say to him ‘well done’, because he deserves it.”

“In the past three or four years it seems like he’s struggling for starts with his team at club level, but whenever he plays – whether it’s at club level or in the national team – he often delivers.

“And yes, I know people will tell me that he didn’t score a goal at the World Cup, but at the end of the day he lifted the trophy so it doesn’t really matter.”

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TBR View: Giroud sale worst Arsenal decision in recent memory

Arsenal have made some horrible transfer decisions over the last few seasons. However, the one which saw Giroud depart the club and join Chelsea was the worst.

He has never been a great goalscorer when all the pressure is on him. The France international possesses a large portfolio of missed chances when he was the main man at Arsenal.

But, the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Lacazette meant that the responsibility was due to be shared.

And at 6 foot 3, the striker is a towering figure that the Gunners have missed. The lack of a plan B has been quite noticeable in recent seasons. If Arsenal can’t create chances against deep-blocks, they rarely score via headers given the lack of height in attack.

Selling Giroud was a baffling ploy from Arsenal amid Henry and his comments going into Euro 2020.

Selling him to a rival was a downright shocking decision. The forward has looked more potent for the Blues because he’s used sparingly, something Arsenal should’ve done.

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