Henry hails top-four credentials


Thierry Henry accepts that Arsenal face a major battle to finish in the top-four of the Barclays Premier League this season, but says that the way the players have responded to adversity gives him great confidence of achieving that goal.

The 34-year-old marked his Gunners comeback with the only goal in the 1-0 FA Cup Third Round victory over Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, and could return to league action for the away trip to Swansea this weekend.

After a poor start to the 2011-12 campaign, Arsene Wenger's rejuvenated side have climbed the table in recent months, and now sit in fifth place.

But with at least six teams battling for those all-important UEFA Champions League spots, Henry acknowledges the size of the task that lies ahead.

"We obviously don't want to be out of the top four. There's going to be a hell of a competition this year to be in it," he said. "But I do think this team has what it takes to be in it, if you think about the way the team has come back from the beginning of the season.

"The team is slowly getting into form. Again, we lost a full back against Leeds [Francis Coquelin] and we can do without injuries. That will help a lot.

"But it is what it is. We still had to win a game out there against Leeds and it happened."

Arsenal have never finished outside of the UEFA Champions League qualification places during Wenger's 15-year tenure, but they face a tough test to get back into the top-four this weekend when they travel to the Liberty Stadium.

"Swansea are an amazing team," added Henry. "I've been more than impressed with them.

"They play football the right way, they're dangerous, they play with two great wingers and we know it's going to be a difficult game for us."

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