Soccer – Wenger on the attack over Henry remark


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described as “wrong” suggestions by former favourite Thierry Henry he will look to replace France striker Olivier Giroud in the summer.

Club legend and TV pundit Henry said at the weekend the north London giants “need a top, top quality striker to win this league again” in what was widely perceived as criticism of current striker Giroud.
“I think he is wrong,” said Wenger.
“It doesn’t cost to say that. He’s paid for that. We know all the system now of the modern media, especially on TV. I know how it works, they push you to be controversial because they give you a lot of money.”
Former Montpellier targetman Giroud broke his leg earlier this season and was out for three months before coming in for criticism for his performance in the Champions League defeat by Monaco. But he has hit double figures in the Premier League in each of his three seasons so far in England and Wenger said he has every faith in the 28-year-old.
Wenger added: “What I know is Giroud works very hard for the team and has fantastic mentality and if the team does well it is down to him and, if on top of that he scores 20 or more goals, he has done his job.”
Arsenal are currently priced 1/3 by Bet365 to win this season’s FA Cup and opponents Aston Villa are available to back at 5/2.