After Arsenal settled for a scoreless draw against league leaders Chelsea last Sunday, retired Gunners player Thierry Henry says that his team needs to recruit the right players in order to have a better chance at grabbing the Premier League title.
“Arsenal need to buy four players, they need that spine,” Henry said in an interview by Sky Sports. “They need a goalkeeper, they still need a centre-back, they still need a holding midfielder and, I’m afraid, they need a top, top-quality striker in order to win this league again.”
The former striker then went on to present the Gunners’ opponent Chelsea as an example of what he meant. “They struggled last year and they were still competing to win the league. They now have [Thibaut] Courtois, [Nemanja] Matic, Cesc [Fabregas] and Diego Costa.”
“For me that speaks volumes, and we saw it today. A team didn’t and a team did, and Chelsea are about to win the league.”
He also stressed that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger needs to create a serious sense of competition for position in order to challenge his players. “You need that type of player, you need that competitiveness within the group and you need great players. In order to win the league that has to happen.”
However, the 37-year old also said that the players themselves need to put on more effort for the team, singling out Mesut Ozil. “Zero goals, two assists. That is not enough,” Henry said of the winger’s performance in the match. “Since joining Arsenal he has 14 assists. Now if you look at Fabregas at Chelsea, he has 16 assists in one season.”
Henry himself proved to be an outstanding player during his eight years at Arsenal, amassing 174 goals in his 254 appearances with the Gunners in the league.
Earlier, Wenger admitted that his team “lacked the right decisions” in the match.