Arsenal goal scoring legend turned Sky Sports football pundit Thierry Henry believes that Arsenal can prove their title winning credentials if they can beat Manchester City at the Emirates on Monday night.
Leicester City surprisingly top the English Premier League at the moment, while Arsenal are two points behind in second and Manchester City a point below the Gunners in third place.
As we all know, Arsenal have not won the league in 11 years, but this season look as though they are in with a fighting chance. And Henry believes that a win against City would go a long way towards proving their credentials, and could be a sign that their title drought is about to come to an end.
Speaking at a live Q&A at Facebook London, Henry said: “The real test, and what I want to see, is how Arsenal cope with Man City; how they cope stopping them on the counter if they come and sit. Who knows?
“It will be a massive one for the Premier League and I just want to see how Arsenal respond because I’m looking at the return fixtures and Arsenal have to go to Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham, [Manchester] United and [Manchester] City.
“They have all those fixtures so if you can get some points before against your rival for the title that is important, although of course Leicester are top and so you have to mention them.”
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The former Arsenal fan favourite then went on to talk about how massive Mathieu Flamini has been to the side given Wenger’s current list of injuries.
And while the Sky Sports presenter thinks the current Arsenal squad is good enough to win the league, he would not be disappointed to see the arrival of a defensive midfielder in January.
“Flamini is doing well at the minute; imagine if Flamini left – and it looked like that was the plan at the beginning of the season,” Henry continued.
“Thank God he stayed, because look what happened to Santi Cazorla and what happen to Francis Coquelin.
“It’s a hard one, because for me right now I think Arsenal’s squad is good enough to win the league. What we need is some backup to make sure we have a guy that can hold the fort if Flamini gets injured.
“The position would be holding midfielder for me, and with Arsenal they are at the top and the amount of injuries they’ve had is not normal. But when those guys come back they can be your new signings. But we keep saying that! I will have answered that properly if the whole team was there, but the boss never has everyone available.”
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Most fans will probably agree with Henry with regards to a holding midfielder, and while we know Wenger is not a fan of the January transfer window, the signing of a quality goal scorer would go a long way towards making us believe that he is serious about winning the Premiere League title before he retires.