The 36-year-old feels they have responded well to their disappointing 5-1 loss to Liverpool, a result many had deemed to be the end of Arsenal’s season.
However the Gunners responded with a 2-1 win over the Reds in the FA Cup to reach the quarter-final, while they are still technically in the Champions League albeit face a difficult task to overturn a two-goal deficit away from home against holders Bayern Munich.
Arsenal’s all time record goal scorer Henry is hoping more than anything that they can win the Premiership this season and remain in hot contention with just a point separating Wenger’s side and Chelsea.
He told ESPN FC in an interview:
This last loss against Liverpool, everybody was [acting] like it’s the end.
It’s not the end. They’re still there. They’re still in the mix.
The current New York Red Bulls striker is a realist and admitted he is pleasantly surprised with his former clubs position, fighting for silverware on three fronts.
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But many continue to not take Arsenal seriously as they feel the north London side cannot beat the big teams despite some impressive wins against some of Europe’s elite this season.
Speaking at MLS’s annual media day, he said:
I love Arsenal, but let’s all be honest. I don’t think a lot of people thought that they were going to compete for the title, to still be in the Champions League, still in the FA Cup and playing well.
People say [they struggle] when they play against the big teams or whatever, but they are still in the mix. Hopefully they’re going to win something, and hopefully it can be the league.
Arsenal have shown this season they have the ability to compete with the best. They’ve beaten strong Napoli and Dortmund sides, not to mention beating Liverpool twice and Spurs.
Certainly there have been losses to the likes of City and United, but they’ve been finishing off the mid to low table sides continuously which has helped maintain their points accumulation this season.
They need to get back to winning ways with Sunderland visiting Emirates on Saturday and gain some momentum with some tricky fixtures coming up next month.
Gooners should certainly share the optimism of Henry, we’ve got to show the skeptics we’re champion material.