Wednesday 22 January 2020

'It wasn't enough'- Thierry Henry hugely underwhelmed by Arsenal's stalemate with Sunderland

Thierry Henry believes Arsene Wenger
Thierry Henry believes Arsene Wenger

Tom Rooney

Gunners legend Thierry Henry was hard pressed to find any tangible positives following Arsenal’s stalemate with Sunderland this afternoon - a third draw in their last four Premier League outings.

It's not easy to remember a time during Arsene Wenger’s tenure when the calls for his departure from the Emirates were as loud or incessant.

It’s long-since been evident that the continuum of frugality, beautiful but naïve football and fourth place finishes has left the Arsenal faithful in a near constant state of apoplectic rage.

A glance on social media after the tie with Sunderland which, in reality, the Londoners were all too fortunate not to lose, and it’s pretty clear how many ‘Gooners’ feel about the once revered Frenchman.

The net result from this afternoon was Sunderland clawing their way out of the bottom three but Arsenal giving Manchester United more than a faint glimmer of hope that they can pip their once bitter rivals for the fourth Champions League spot.

Arsenal remain in fourth, five points ahead of Louis Van Gaal’s charges, but the Manchester side have a game in hand.

It could be argued that Thierry Henry was the figurehead for Arsenal’s dominance in the early noughties, such was his languid verve and exceptional finishing.

His reaction to what he had just witnessed at the Stadium of Light bordered on the indifferent. So much so, he appeared unable to put any sheen on the Gunners’ performance.

“It wasn’t enough offensively to win the game,” he said of his former club’s performance on Sky Sports. “You can’t say they did enough to win the game.

“Two good points; Jack Wilshere came on and he didn’t get injured, so you can look forward to what comes next, maybe at the Euros.

“They didn’t concede a goal, so that’s also a good point.  But it was not enough to win a game, especially against a team who wants to stay in the Premier League. So yes, there is real battle to be in the top four.”

Jamie Redknapp was far less diplomatic, though reckoned Arsenal could still qualify for a 20th consecutive Champions League quest, such is their run-in compared to United, who entertain high-flying Leicester next. 

“I think the home games are too good; the Norwich and Villa games,” Redknapp also told Sky Sports. 

“The difficult one will be Man City away.  But we’re talking about Arsenal getting into the top four, they should be doing more than that.  They were flat again today – it’s not good enough.”

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