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Thierry Henry: Champions League not enough for Arsenal

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Henry was part of Arsenal's last title winning side (©GettyImages)
Henry was part of Arsenal's last title winning side (©GettyImages).

Arsenal legend and current New York Red Bull striker Thierry Henry has stated that he wants to see more from his former-club next season and expects them to at least challenge for the title, rather than settle for just finishing in the top-four.

The Gunners ended the 2012/2013 season trophly-less yet again, which extends their doughy to eight years, but on the final day of the season they did secure a Champions League place ahead of fierce-rivals Tottenham.

After beating Newcastle United at St James Park on the final day of the season, the Arsenal players were caught celebrating like they had won the league in the away side's dressing room and a lot of Arsenal fans were not happy to see them celebrating fourth place so much.

Club-legend and all-time top goalscorer, Thierry Henry, who is currently applying his trade in American, won two Premier League title with Arsenal and he has made comments about his old club and what he thinks of their current situation.

The Frenchman revealed that he expects a lot more from the side and wants them to be challenging for league titles rather than just a top-four spot.

As for the after-match celebrations, Henry said he hopes that they were celebrating so much because they kept Spurs out of the top-four, rather than them seeing finishing fourth as a trophy.

"Putting Tottenham out of the top four, and I really do hope that's what they were celebrating about, that's the only thing you can celebrate," said the 35-year-old striker in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.

"If you're an Arsenal man through and through that's like winning something.

"I said it when we did to them in 2006. It wasn't the fact that we qualified for the Champions League, it was because we kicked them out of it and we went in.

"Yes, they finished in the top four but there is only one champion - Man United. I'm a competitor so that's the only thing I will remember from the season - Man United won the league. You're going to have to do better than what United did this year.

"Chelsea I'm sure are thinking about the same thing right now, or Man City. Tottenham are going to think, 'how can we come back into the top four?' All the teams are going to be thinking, 'how can we win this title?'"

As for the manager debate, Thierry Henry puts his full support behind Arsene Wenger and insists that the club wouldn't be the same without him in the dugout.

He said: "It's very difficult to see Arsenal playing, one day, without Arsene on the bench. It's going to be weird.

"I'd just love to have him there all the time, but we all know that's not going to happen. One day he's going to have to go, but it's going to be hard. He's not thinking of leaving."

 

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