Thierry Henry says Arsene Wenger must win the Premier League title after signing a new two-year-deal.
- Henry spoke to Sky Sports about Wenger’s extension
- Says Wenger must deliver a title now
The Arsenal legend, who is currently assistant manager of the Belgium national team, wasn’t surprised by Wenger’s new contract, but insists now is the time the Gunners manager must deliver a Premier League title.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Henry said: “I said two weeks ago he was going to stay and I wasn’t wrong. People were talking to me about announcements today, but the announcement would have been if he was leaving.
“But he is not leaving, the board have assessed the situation to see if it was the best for the club. There is nothing new for me or at Arsenal. For 21 years – and now the 22nd and 23rd – he will be here.”
“As an Arsenal fan, and as a guy who had Arsene as a coach and have maximum respect for him, I’m happy to see him at the club. But time will tell if the decision is correct.”
While Henry still holds “maximum respect” for Wenger, he still has doubts about the team’s ability to challenge for an entire season.
“They finished the season strong, although they have done that before. Raising yourself for the FA Cup final, to beat one team on one day is one thing. To do it over 38 games is a different story.”
When pressed on how what Arsenal need to do to win the Premier League again, Henry said he can only go with what Wenger is saying, hinting that such quotes draw parallels to Groundhog Day.
“He might buy one or two players having, as he’s claimed, created a dynamic to win the title finally. But I’ve heard that before, and the year before, and the year before.”
“Hopefully a change in system might be the thing that helps them win the title next year.”
Henry’s scepticism is likely the reason he no longer works at the club. He believes Arsenal can thrive but questions whether they will take the neccessary steps.