Giroud has had a reputation among many as a lumbering, cumbersome, but mildly useful target man, who occasionally offers something different in attack. The reality is, though, that he has been far more than that. The Frenchman has been a generally consistent and reliable performer since he made the move to London from Montpellier in 2012, but the main problem is that he has had to do it alone.
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After failing to fire during Arsenal's 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday, Henry expressed that Arsene Wenger needs to sign four new players in order to take the next step to Premier League title winners. Now he's not far wrong, but he listed that finding a replacement for Giroud should be one of Wenger's main concerns.
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