Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was on Sky Sports for Monday night’s draw with Liverpool.
Before the game Henry once again criticised Oliver Giroud, but said Arsenal’s midfield was good enough to win the league.
This was a midfield that had no Jack Wilshere or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while Aaron Ramsey started from wide, rather than the middle of the park.
After seeing the goalless encounter with Brendan Rodgers’ men, Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer changed his mind.
“I think it is going to be a massive week,” Henry said. “Are they going to buy someone up front or in the middle of the park?
“They were missing a lot of players tonight, they still need a holding midfielder and they still need a striker. We have been saying it since the beginning of the season.”
Henry has been effusive in his praise of Francis Coquelin yet strangely decided to change his mind and say that Arsenal actually need a holding midfielder as well as the striker he wants to see the club bring in.
The problem is, who? Karim Benzema is not for sale, as Arsène Wenger has reiterated. That is clearly also the case for players like Sergio Agüero and Luis Suárez. It’s easy to criticise the club for not signing a striker but guys with the quality of Henry don’t come out of nowhere. There are very few of them, and there are a lot of big clubs who want them. Right now those top level strikers, including Benzema and Robert Lewandowski, are already at huge clubs.
Wenger has added Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Petr Čech in consecutive summer windows. Arsenal have spent far more than ever before in the history of the club. It isn’t that Wenger is against spending, but you can only do so if the requisite quality is on the market.
You’d expect Henry to realise that.