Frenchman has laid in to his former team…
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has claimed that his former side have ‘gone backwards’, saying that they are missing players like Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva, reports the Daily Mail.
The former Barcelona man was part of a Gunners team that won several titles under current manager Arsene Wenger, and even went one season completely unbeaten under the Frenchman. However, he now says that the Gunners boss made a mistake when he let Alex Song leave the club, and that they are missing a defensive midfielder to shield the back four.
He slammed the current side, saying that they look like a a team who is aiming to finish fourth, and that the North London Club should be trying to win the title. These statements coming on Henry’s debut as a pundit for broadcasters Sky, and was an explosive start to his career in the studio.
“Yes, they have gone backwards, it looks like they are a team who looks to finish fourth. When you looks at Arsenal they should be trying to win the title. I’m sure Arsene, the fans and the board want more. You can be upset at Arsenal losing to Stoke City but it is the way they went after Arsene and the words they used,” Henry explained.
“They are not far but they are missing a big piece. They are missing a Vieira and a Gilberto Silva. Those guys would have done anything to allow us to perform well. They protected the back four. Do Arsenal have that now, I don’t think so,” he added.
He continued, “Song would improve Arsenal. That is the type of player you want in front of your back four. Song is the captain of the boat. He protects the back four. You need someone to dictate, put players into position, make little fouls by kicking someone – like Claude Makelele used to do.”