Thierry Henry questions Arsenal's mentality to win Premier League

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Arsenal's 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday kept them within touching distance of runaway leaders Leicester City. With the Foxes travelling to the Emirates next Sunday, Arsene Wenger's men could reduce the five-point gap to two with a win.

Upon this reading, it would seem more than feasible for the Gunners to win their first Premier League title since 2004, but Thierry Henry isn't sure whether his former club have the mentality to do it.

The legendary striker, who was still in his prime when Arsenal won their last league title, launched a surprise attack on Sky Sports following the showdown at the Vitality Stadium.


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He claimed that Arsenal should already be running away with the league and questioned whether they have the bottle to do it after recent displays against Chelsea and Southampton.

The video

In particular, Henry pointed towards the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea and even criticised Wenger's decision to name Theo Walcott as captain. The England striker was given the armband to celebrate his tenth year at the club, but Henry believes that was a mistake.

The tirade

"If I had said to you that Chelsea would struggle, Manchester City would struggle, you would have thought that it would be a season that Arsenal would walk away with it easily," Henry told Sky Sports. "And it's not happening.

"I would question also the mentality of it. The game against Chelsea, they didn't score. The atmosphere around the stadium was the ten years of Theo Walcott and it almost felt like a testimonial game. Those are the sort of games you need to win.

"They need three points. It is business. You don't win the league for a very long time. Can you win it? It's time to wake up and do it. For me at the moment, Leicester are the team to win it. They're not only showing they can win it, they're showing they can cope with the pressure."

Poor form

Arsenal are, of course, still one of the favourites to win the title, but that is despite a run of four games without a win, in which time they failed to score in over 300 minutes of football.

As Henry theorises, Arsenal have the potential to be well ahead of their competitors, but mental frailties have held them back in recent times.

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