In Brief

Arsenal is stagnating, but Man Utd is improving, says Thierry Henry

Gunners legend says his old team must be more solid and direct, and praises the power of United

Just one game into the season, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has sounded a warning note for Gunners fans, claiming that the team has "stagnated" and suggesting that Manchester United look like the team to beat this season.

The Gunners had a roller-coaster start to the season, eventually beating Leicester City 4-3 in a thrilling match at the Emirates on Friday night.

But speaking after the dust had settled on the weekend's action, Henry, now a Sky Sports analyst, was less than complimentary about the Arsenal display.

"You can talk about evolution or revolution at Arsenal, I call it stagnation," he told the broadcaster

"I watched the game against Leicester and I could tell you what was going to happen… Every time Leicester had the ball I felt they were going to score and every time we had the ball I felt we were going to score.

"Are you always going to score four and concede three? At some point you will be found out… But based on how they played, I saw that too often last year. I didn't see any change."

He also took issue with the Gunners' indirect approach and said Arsenal should feed new striker Alexandre Lacazette more quickly. 

Speaking on Monday Night Football, he criticised what he called "the Arsenal ball" out wide to the winger from central midfield when often a ball over the top to Lacazette was also an option. 

"Does he lose the ball? No, he doesn't lose the ball. Does it look pretty? Yes, it looks pretty. But we want to go to goal. That's where we want to go. Can he play that pass? It is not difficult for [Granit] Xhaka. They are going to have to learn with Lacazette."

To make matters worse the former Arsenal idol also compared Manchester United's opening display of the season to the kind produced by the famous Gunners 'Invincibles' of 2003-4, says Metro

Henry said the United side was packed with power and pace, and that these were "guys with ideas and legs".

"They can cover the ground really quickly, that's very important. We had that at Arsenal," he added.

Recommended

Maradona and the ‘simple homicide’ trial
Diego Maradona pictured in 2019
Why we’re talking about . . .

Maradona and the ‘simple homicide’ trial

A perfect storm of ‘injury, fatigue and déjà vu’ for England? 
England captain Harry Kane reacts after Hungary’s third goal at Molineux 
View from the terraces

A perfect storm of ‘injury, fatigue and déjà vu’ for England? 

Should Gareth Southgate be sacked?
Gareth Southgate reacts to England’s 4-0 defeat to Hungary in the Uefa Nations League
View from the terraces

Should Gareth Southgate be sacked?

A guide to the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022
The Fifa World Cup trophy on display at the draw for Qatar 2022
The big match

A guide to the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022

Popular articles

Are we heading for World War Three?
Ukrainian soldiers patrol on the frontline in Zolote, Ukraine
In Depth

Are we heading for World War Three?

What happened to Logan Mwangi?
Tributes left to Logan Mwangi
Today’s big question

What happened to Logan Mwangi?

Nato vs. Russia: who would win in a war?
Nato troops
Today’s big question

Nato vs. Russia: who would win in a war?

The Week Footer Banner