Monday 24 October 2016

Thierry Henry: Arsenal don't have the mentality to win the League, but Leicester City do

Samuel Stevens

Published 08/02/2016 | 08:54

Thierry Henry has called Arsenal’s mentality into question and backed Leicester City as favourites to win the Premier League title.

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Before the weekend victory at Bournemouth, the Gunners had picked up three points out of 12 and have since fallen five points behind Claudio Ranieri’s surprise leaders.

Henry, speaking as part of his punditry role on Sky Sports, said: “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. And it’s not happening.

“I would question also the mentality of it. The game against Chelsea, they didn’t score. 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.”

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has defended his side’s ‘nerve’ following the routine victory over Eddie Howe’s men on the South Coast.

“We have been in the title race and we are still in it,” the Frenchman said. “I agree Leicester now is the favourite. In one week they have beaten Liverpool and Manchester City.

“That makes our game on Sunday a very big one. We just have to control our performances and show that we believe. We have enough quality and nerve to deal with that.”

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