Thierry Henry reveals what Arsenal are ‘lacking’ under Mikel Arteta

Thierry Henry rated Arsenal's progress under Mikel Arteta.
Thierry Henry gave his verdict on Arsenal under Mikel Arteta (Picture: Sky Sports)

Thierry Henry believes Arsenal are making progress under Mikel Arteta but feels his former side are ‘lacking’ consistency.’

Henry, the legendary French striker, is confident Arteta will get things right at Arsenal, particularly if he keeps encouraging them to play on the front foot.

That said, he insists the ‘table doesn’t lie’ and that Arsenal should be doing better than their 10th-placed position in the Premier League, while he admitted it looks like they lack belief.

However, he thinks if they add consistency to their game, they can be a match for any team in the division.

Asked if Arsenal are making progress under Arteta, Henry told Sky Sports: ‘First and foremost, I would say yes in a way because I think Mikel bought himself some time by winning the FA Cup. Some people will say, “Yeah that’s last year”.

‘But on the way of winning it, the teams he won against bought him some time with the Arsenal fans and the team because he had something to show at the end of the season.

‘Now what I think the team is lacking is consistency. I know people always use the word consistency but this is what they need to do.

Arsenal Manager Mikel Arteta speaks to the media after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on March 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Arteta is confident he’ll get things right (Picture: Danehouse/Getty)

‘I sometimes put it down to their games. Sometimes I watch the first half of Arsenal and it seems like they don’t believe they can win.

‘When they’re in a situation when they need to come back and have a go, it looks like why didn’t you start like that.

‘Yesterday, you could see they wanted to win the game after and I think Tottenham made it a tiny bit easier for them on the day but I can see a progress.

‘That needs to move on to consistency, that’s going to be very key. I think Mikel has a good squad. He left out [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang but you still have [Alexandre] Lacazette.

‘I like the way he set up the team yesterday. People were going forward more often than not. The intensity was there, the desire to win the game was there.

‘When they play on the front foot and they go forward they can beat any team in the league.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (C) celebrates with his players at the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 14, 2021. - Arsenal won the game 2-1.
Arteta and Arsenal beat Spurs (Picture: AFP via Getty)

‘Right now, I think the squad is good. Can it be better? Yes. Was there any progress? I think there was progress.

‘Is there any structure, are they doing better? The table doesn’t lie at the end of the day.

‘You’re still behind Tottenham and a lot of team but it is a process. He says it’s a process that will explode. Hopefully very soon but consistency needs to happen pretty quickly.’

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