Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says the Gunners have to win against the defending champions in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League at Stamford Bridge to prove they are still a top side. The former striker believes Arsenal need to “show they mean business” by beating the best sides in the division, as that’s the only way their hopes of winning the title will be taken seriously.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was critical of his former club for overplaying in the final third, rather than being more direct to give the forwards better ammunition. Henry says the Gunners have been guilty of always trying to do ‘the Arsenal ball’, reports Sky Sports via the Express.
“Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top. He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes. Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball?” he said.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under great deal of pressure and a likely elimination from the UEFA Champions League could end up being the final drop as far as Frenchman’s future at Emirates is concerned.
The Professor has been a loyal servant of the North London club for 20 years during which he has helped transform the club from the inside and make it one of England’s biggest and most attractive sides.
The lack of silverware and European success over the past few years, in addition to Wenger’s chronic lack of transfer activity have seen fans turn on Arsene Wenger with calls to get the Frenchman sacked getting louder every day.
Thierry Henry is of course an Arsenal and Premier League legend. The clubs all-time record goalscorer is obviously held in very high-esteem at the north London club. It seems there is no doubt that he loves his former club.
Henry is pretty busy at the moment working as a pundit for Sky Sports, while also being on Roberto Martinez’s coaching staff with the Belgium national team. He is gaining coaching experience and has high hopes for his future coaching career.
Wants to manage Arsenal
Arsenal right back has been regularly linked with La Liga champions Barcelona over the past couple of months and it appears that Blaugrana have no intention of dropping interest for the highly-rated 21-year-old.
Barcelona’s technical director Robert Fernandez has already met with the player to let him know that Barcelona are keeping a close eye and to express the club’s interest in bringing Bellerin home.
Barcelona-born defender has made his first football steps in Barca’s La Masia academy and the Catalans are now prepared to offer a chance for a return to Camp Nou.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will not be coaching the clubs under-18 side next season, despite being offered a number of different ways of contributing to the Gunners youth team.
He had been working with the youngsters to obtain his UEFA A license, but will now have to find another team to coach to gain his Pro License.
The reason that has been cited is that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is unwilling to allow Henry to combine a coaching role with his duties as a pundit for Sky. His experience and knowledge could be highly valuable to the Arsenal players, especially the younger players.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has revealed that he believes that the Gunners should play with two up front next season to get the best out of much-maligned striker Olivier Giroud.
Henry told Sky Sports News HQ: “I’ve said it many times – Giroud is very good at what he does,”
“He’s a very good player but he needs to play with someone.
“Giroud, with his back to goal, is very good; you saw the goal against Ireland when Giroud flicked on and Griezmann scored. He can’t turn and outpace anyone, Giroud, but in Griezmann he has a guy he can feed. It’s a great partnership. They share the workload of scoring goals. I never doubted what he can do but I think he’s better with someone alongside him.”
I have to say watching Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Norwich on Saturday there was a feeling that the Canaries could have equalised at any second, just like Crystal Palace did recently at the Emirates Stadium.
Lacking cutting edge going forward
The Gunners failed to really take the game by the scruff of the neck with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez having off-days, which happened far too often in recent months.
Sanchez illustrated his feelings when he was substituted near the end, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger decided to put on the more defensive minded Francis Coquelin on the pitch. The fact that Wenger had to put on an extra defensive midfielder at point was a joke.
Blackburn Rovers scout Will Foley has criticized the Football Association of Wales for supposed shortcomings in the process of issuing top coaching licences, mentioning Arsenal you coach Thierry Henry as one of the examples.
The Gunners legend passed his UEFA B and then A coaching licences in a short period of time, and it appears that the Welsh FA (FAW) cut some corners in an attempt to help out the former France hotshot.
The 38-year-old studied under the tutorship of Wales assistant coach and FAW technical director Osian Roberts, with his current licence allowing him to coach any club under Premier League level.
For much of the campaign German playmaker Mesut Ozil has been providing assists and goals and suddenly his doubters disappeared. Then recently when he went through a relative bad patch of form, they reappeared doubting the German once again.
Ozil created the winning goal against Leicester with an inch perfect cross for Danny Welbeck to head home. Granted he did not have a great game in the 90-odd minutes prior to that moment, but he has that match-winning ability.
Match-winners do not need to be in the game for 90 minutes. They have the knack of producing a moment of brilliance that can make the difference between winning and losing a football match.