Giroud: I was an easy target for 'dull' Henry

The Arsenal legend criticised the club's current frontman following the 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium
Olivier Giroud has hit back at Thierry Henry, insisting the former Arsenal striker needed to say something controversial as he is too “dull” as a pundit.

Henry launched a scathing attack on the France international after the Gunners played out a 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates, claiming that Giroud does not have the ability to fire the 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,” he told Sky Sports.

Arsene Wenger subsequently defended his striker, and Giroud has now personally hit back at Henry’s criticisms with a barb at the 37-year-old’s punditry skills.

“I heard he was saying too many dull things. That was a bomb and it had its desired effect,” he told L’Equipe.

“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.”

He then added jokingly: “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.