Thierry Henry: Özil & Wenger are Arsenal's title inspiration

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is confident his former club can maintain their good form to stay top of the Premier League, as they have the knowhow in Arsene Wenger and the quality in Mesut Özil.

Speaking in a interview, the Gunners' record goalscorer revealed his belief that the Emirates Stadium club can continue to surprise people this season to beat the financial might of Manchester City and Chelsea to the title.

The Frenchman was training with Arsenal again this winter in the MLS offseason and he feels he saw a spirit and togetherness in the squad that can take them to unexpected glory, something he knows all about.

However, he felt that, ultimately, the nous and experience of Wenger, added to the boost in performance and quality with the purchase of Özil, will give the Gunners the necessary edge.

"The boss knows best. People gave him a lot of stick because he didn’t win [a trophy] for a very long time, and we all know that Arsenal didn’t win for a very long time," he said.

"But I don’t know if Arsenal needs to buy or not, only he can answer that. But all I can say to you is the squad that they have right now is pretty efficient.

"They have more experience now. They all get one more year, and there's obviously the arrival of Mesut Ozil – that was very important for the club.

"With his calmness, his quality on the ball, his vision, he is a great player and can give an assist at any moment.

"He also has the quality and capacity to score goals at any moment, so it’s always great to have a player like that around in the dressing room on a daily basis, and at the weekend at the game."

Arsenal currently lead the Premier League by one point over Manchester City in second and two point from Chelsea in third.

Their title credentials will be severely tested in early February, however, as they face to prospect of facing fellow top four side Liverpool twice, away in the league and home in the FA Cup, a home league clash with Manchester United and a Champions League last 16 first-leg again holders Bayern Munich - all in the space of 12 days.

If they managed to come through that unscathed, they will have an arguably greater task from the middle of March when they face a five-match run that will put them play away at Bayern, Tottenham and Chelsea, before a home tie with Manchester City and then a trip to Everton.

Despite this, Henry feels the Gunners can navigate their way through such challenges and is sure his former side will continue to surprise.

"I can say right now that everybody is expecting Arsenal to collapse, just as they were expecting it earlier in the season. But they didn't," he said.

"They are still somehow keeping up the pace in the Premier League, and every time they have been in a situation where they have to answer back to Man City and Chelsea, they have done it.

"Hopefully, they can carry on doing that. As an Arsenal man and a fan of the club, I want them to carrying on doing that the whole way and make sure they can win the league.

"The future will tell us if they are good enough, but right now for me, they are."

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