Henry: The type of player Arsenal will struggle to attract this summer

Thierry Henry

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that Arsene Wenger’s side may struggle to attract a top centre forward this summer.

The Gunners have had a disappointing campaign, one that has seen them knocked out of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 by Barcelona, the FA Cup quarter-finals by Watford and their Premier League title ambitions all but ruined after suffering seven defeats.

With Arsenal struggling to find a consistent goalscorer to lead the line, reports have been rife with links to a number of different stars.

The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Islam Slimani and even Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou have been linked with a move to north London, but Henry, speaking to Sky Sports News, believes that the club could fail to attract the best players with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, United and Liverpool all looking to strengthen this summer ahead of the new campaign.

“I’m sure if you ask Arsene or any of the fans or players if they want to finish only in the top four they will say ‘no we want to win the league’, because it comes with the shirt and it comes with the badge that you have on your heart.

“But now you have to save the top four. Are the fans, the players and the manager happy with that? No, but being in the Champions League is vital for Arsenal Football Club, and if you want to build for next season you need to be in the Champions League to attract good players.

“Now who is going to come? That is always a tricky question because who do you get?

“Who are you going to get that will get the goals to help you win the title? Not the goals every weekend, but a guy that can score when you need to score, the guy who needs one opportunity to score to put you 1-0 up.

“Where are you going to get a Sergio Aguero, a (Robert) Lewandowski or a (Luis) Suarez from?

“Those guys don’t come around very often. (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang might be available (but) are you going to be able to attract him? It’s not always easy but who is going to stay? If you know who is going to stay then you can think more about who is going to come in.

“But the problem is Manchester City are going to be in the market next season, so will Chelsea, Man United and Liverpool.”

Olivier Giroud, as the club’s main centre forward, has scored just 12 times this season in the league while Danny Welbeck missed much of it with injury, meaning goals have had to be shared amongst the entire squad.

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5 years ago

There are three factors at play here: (1) the manager, (2) who will stay and, (3) entry to the Champions League. Henry only deals with the second and third, but the most important is the first. Epithets do have a habit of sticking. Mourinho said that Wenger is a specialist in failure. He will be the principal reason behind the inability of the club to attract top quality players in 2016. The chances of trophy success at are much higher at Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United than Arsenal because they have, or will have, managers who are better… Read more »

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