Thierry Henry: Alexis Sanchez is the key man for Arsenal

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has commented about Arsenal's prospects for next season and reiterated his belief that they have the ability to be crowned Premier League champions come May, but warns "consistency is going to be key".

Speaking to official club channels at the Emirates stadium on Monday evening, Henry revealed what he considers to be a realistic aim for the Gunners' when the season kicks off in August.

"We are all waiting for the title and I'm sure Arsene [Wenger] knowing him is dying to bring back the title," he said.

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"I have a feeling that it can be done next year with a couple of additions, it can be done".

11 seasons have gone by since Arsenal last picked up Premier League trophy, when Henry was part of that infamous title winning 'Invincibles' team, and in that time the Gunners' have only managed to finish within the top two on one occasion in 2004-05.

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Since then both Chelsea and Manchester City have emerged as dominant forces within the Premier League, winning the trophy a combined total of six times, something that has proved a step beyond Arsenal. 

Despite this grim statistic, Henry is undeterred and remains confident that his club can compete alongside their rivals next season.


In an assessment of the current squad of players, Henry noted the contribution of last season's breakthrough revelation, Frances Coquelin, made a significant improvement to the team upon his return from a loan spell across London at Charlton Athletic.

Henry continued: "Coquelin balanced that team, especially in midfield he allowed everybody to go forward and for the back four to relax."

However, special praise was reserved for Chilean Alexis Sanchez, whom Henry states plays a crucial role within the Arsenal team.

"He is key for me, he is the x-factor, he is the guy that can make you win a game that looks like it's going to be a defeat, and hopefully he is going to do that a bit more next season."

It is hard to argue with the former striker after Sanchez managed to score 25 goals in 52 appearances during his debut season in north London. Shortlisted as one of the nominees for the PFA player of the year award, his contribution was recognised elsewhere too.


Following Jack Wilshere's brace for England in the European Championship qualifiers last weekend, Henry backed Wilshere to re-gain his place in the Arsenal starting line-up, which he had lost at times last season due to injuries and a drop in form.

Henry finished: "We all know what he can do but we all want to finally see it throughout all [of the] season and see how he can drive that team to have a successful season and hopefully win the title."

Clearly a believer in the talents of the 23-year-old Arsenal graduate, along with the class of Alexis Sanchez, in the eyes of Henry only a few more ingredients are needed to turn this Arsenal squad into Premier League winners. Where have we heard that before?

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