Arsenal legend Thierry Henry admitted Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side are bearing a lot of similarities to the side he played in under Arsene Wenger.
Manchester United have signed Victor Lindelof from Benfica, Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and Romelu Lukaku from Everton, three big players who join a squad already featuring the likes of Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba. It’s a strong squad, and one that reminds Henry of his Arsenal days.
“Oh yeah. When I see them especially on Sunday I saw that (the teams were similar). I saw power, pace, guys with ideas and legs. They can cover the ground really quickly, that’s very important. We had that at Arsenal,” he said, reports the Express.
“Arsene went into more guys that can play in and around the box. A lot of the players at Arsenal look to be the same type of player, the same frame in a way. Mourinho likes bringing players he knows are going to be able to play the way he likes to play.”
The Gunners are now seen as lightweight by critics, always beaten in physical duels due to the amount of slender and technical players they possess. However, that wasn’t always the case under Wenger, with players such as Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry in the squad of old.
Arsenal have somewhat returned to their roots, with the ‘Bosnian tank’ Sead Kolasinac joining from Schalke, while Granit Xhaka was signed from Borussia Monchengladbach the previous summer. It’s clear Wenger is trying to add more steel to the squad so the Gunners are no longer picked on by the more physical sides.
In recent years, teams could out-muscle Arsenal and get a win, despite severely lacking in possession or technical ability. Now the London club have added more substance to the style, they’re no longer seen as lightweight.