Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has backed Arsene Wenger to launch another serious challenge for honours next season, after the North London club endured their sixth trophy-less campaign.

"When you play for Arsenal there is always criticism. But I feel like any other fan. I’m like the rest of the team right now, I’m suffering,” Henry said.

The striker, who played 254 games for Arsenal, said that continuing to believe in the core of the squad and the team ethic is important to the long-term goals.




"We have to help and believe in that team,” the Frenchman said. “They had the potential to win this season, they've always been so close to winning but sometimes fall short.

“I think the team can do it and I hope that Arsene Wenger stays because he is a very important person right there for that organisation."

Henry will face Arsenal with current side New York Red Bulls in July for the Emirates Cup – and the 33-year-old says it will be great to face the club that is still so close to his heart.

"It will be a good feeling. To see Arsenal’s people again, the employees who work there, the players, the fans, the boss,” Henry said. "Arsenal is who my heart belongs to, so it will be an incredible moment, I hope.

"I love the people, the fans, the people who work there from the chef to the guy who takes care of the field.”

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