Thierry Henry has urged Arsene Wenger to spend big in the summer to transform Arsenal into genuine contenders for the Premier League title.
As good as the Gunners have been since the turn of the calendar year, they are still 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea following the goalless draw between the two sides on Sunday afternoon. This means it has been 11 years since the Emirates Stadium club last celebrated a league title success, although there is a growing optimism Wenger is finally building a squad capable of challenging.
That last side which were crowned champions of England had a whole host of star players, none more so than Henry. The former France international scored 30 goals in 37 appearances for the capital club, who went unbeaten throughout the campaign. Speaking to Sky Sports, the 37-year-old believes Wenger needs to add more quality to his squad if they are to match such heights again.
“Arsenal need to buy four players,” Henry said. “They need a goalkeeper, they need a centre-back, they still need a holding midfielder and they need a top, top-quality striker in order to win this league again. The best example is Chelsea. They struggled last year and they were still competing to win the league. They now have [Thibaut] Courtois, [Nemanja] Matic, Cesc [Fabregas] and Diego Costa.”
Having failed to beat Jose Mourinho’s side Arsenal have now fallen behind Manchester City into third place, yet there is little concern in regards to their place in the top-four. The Gunners are nine points clear of fifth placed Liverpool with five matches remaining, so it would take something of a major collapse by Wenger and his players for not to be in the UEFA Champions League next term.
Is Thierry Henry right over his assessment of where Arsenal current are, or is he being a tad dramatic in claiming they need to virtually build a new spine?