Arsenal legend Thierry Henry claims Mikel Arteta’s side can beat ANY team in the Premier League and are ready to ‘explode’ – but insists they must find consistency soon as they languish in 10th place despite beating Tottenham
- Thierry Henry says Arsenal can aim high with the form they found against Spurs
- The ex-Arsenal striker pointed out that his old charges are still behind Tottenham
- Henry believes Mikel Arteta has delivered progress since becoming their coach
- The club legend has warned that Arteta’s players need more consistency rapidly
Thierry Henry says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s side have progressed under his management and can beat any Premier League – but fears a lack of consistency could stop them from competing.
The Arsenal legend was impressed with the attacking approach that helped Arsenal to torment Tottenham in the final third during their 2-1 north London derby win on Sunday.
Despite deservedly claiming local bragging rights, the Gunners’ uneven season means they remain four points behind their arch-rivals and 10 points shy of fourth.
Arsenal icon Thierry Henry (left) believes the Gunners are progressing under boss Mikel Arteta
Arteta’s side beat arch-rivals Spurs on Sunday and Henry feels they can be a match for anyone
Henry told Sky Sports: ‘That team, when they play on the front foot and go forward – they can beat any team in the league.
‘Right now, I think the squad is good. Can they be better? Yes. Was there any progress [under Arteta]? I think yes.
‘Is there any structure, are they doing better? The table doesn’t lie, at the end of the day, right?
‘You’re still behind Tottenham, although you won. You’re still behind a lot of teams.’
Henry’s key concern for his former club is the lack of consistency they have shown this season
Debate has raged over Arteta’s record since he took over from Unai Emery in December 2019, although Arsenal have improved significantly since a brief flirtation with a relegation scrap earlier this season.
Fellow rookie boss Henry feels that the FA Cup final win over Chelsea and a desire for stability following the sacking of Emery has worked in Arteta’s favourite.
Henry said: ‘It is a process – he said it himself.
‘It is a process that soon is going to explode – hopefully very soon. But consistency needs to happen pretty quickly.’