Thierry Henry enjoyed unrivalled success during his stay with Arsenal, but he has spoken out about his concern at the Gunners' recent inability to challenge for the Premier League title
The iconic striker has issued a warning to Arsenal boss and former mentor Arsene Wenger, claiming that the Gunners cannot afford to "do a Liverpool" and wait a quarter of a century for the next Barclays Premier League title.
He told L'Equipe magazine: “If I had said to you, in 1990, that Liverpool FC would not win the title for the next 25 years, you would have thought me very ill.
"I don't want the same thing to happen to Arsenal. It is now 11 years. This year, we are not so far away."
For many Gunners fans, their last taste of Premier League glory feels like it was light years ago, but Henry has sought to re-assure fans of the North London outfit over the current team's title credentials.
When asked if he believed that the current squad would be able to achieve the same levels of success enjoyed by Henry and his 'Invincibles", he told reporters: "Apart from the first leg against Monaco, they are going in the right direction but they without doubt dropped too many points at the start of the season.
"But I think this squad can win the title in the years to come.”
Of course, this is an address Arsenal fans will be all too familiar with. Despite the north London outfit enjoying a recent run of fine form, they have failed to successfully challenge for the Premier League title for the best part of a decade.
The club's hierarchy have, amidst the constant scrutiny faced by Wenger and his men, sought to reassure the fans that success is a matter of time and that patience is required.
However, this league success is long over-due considering the plethora of quality players the Gunners have disposed of in recent years and it still remains to be seen whether they possess the 'winning mentality' and toughness to consistently challenge heavy-weights Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester Untied for the league title.
With the Frenchman's tenure in north London becoming something of a roller-coaster ride with the Emirates faithful split into pro-Wengers and anti-Wengers, Henry has also spoken out about his views on his former mentor's future at the club and the relationship he shares with the 65 year old.
When asked if he believed league success could be achieved with Arsene Wenger still at the helm of the club.
Henry revealed: “That depends on him and his desire to stay. He has changed the image and size of the club.
"It is thanks to him that Arsenal is know for playing football. He deserves to be in the job. It is up to him when he leaves.”
Thats been cleared up then.
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