As reported by Evening Standard, it turns out that former professional footballer and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry had some interesting viewpoints in regards to the club’s poor defending against Newcastle United at the weekend. The Gunners lost the game 2-1, which ended a run of seven matches unbeaten in all competitions. You see, that’s the part that the 40-year-old pundit seemed to forget.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the longest serving manager in the Premier League.
With a reign nearly two decades long it appears that the Frenchman is finally closing in on the end of his time with the Gunners.
Having failed to guide his team into the Champions League places last season Arsene Wenger survived the pressure only to sign a new two-year contract with the London-based club but he is once again feeling the heat.
Arsenal’s poor display in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City appears to have been the biggest blow this season and with another showdown against the Citizens in place for tonight, all eyes are back on Wenger again.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have made Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir their number one transfer target for the summer. The newspaper claims that the Gunners are looking to conclude a deal worth £45million before this summer’s World Cup.
The French club understandably do not want to sell their star forward. However, it seems the right offer could well persuade OL to sell Fekir in the summer.
Long been linked with a move to Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has dismissed claims by former-Arsenal star Thierry Henry that there is a rift in the dressing room. This comes following a number of reports claiming that the dressing room has a problem with Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean constantly linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal were held to a hugely disappointing 1-1 draw by West Brom on New Year’s eve as they lost even more ground on the teams above them. Liverpool were able to move three points clear of the Gunners, while Tottenham have the chance to leapfrog Wenger’s men with a victory over bottom of the table Swansea in their next game.
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.