Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that the club is making progress with Mikel Arteta, but feels his former team is “lacking” consistency “.
Henry, the legendary French striker, is confident that Arteta will do well at Arsenal, especially if he continues to encourage them to play upfront.
He insists that “the table doesn’t lie” and that Arsenal should be better than their 10th place in the Premier League, although he admitted that they don’t seem to believe.
However, he thinks that if they add consistency to their game, they can be a match for any team in the division.
When 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.
“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. he added
“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.”
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