Thierry Henry blasted the club in the aftermath of Arsenal’s 4-3 opening day defeat to Liverpool. The former striker laid into the club’s transfer policy and claimed that “we can’t compete in the market.” (Via Sky Sports)
It was far from the ideal first match of the Premier League season as Arsenal saw their opening day hopes dashed by an impressive Liverpool side. Goals from Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, and a brace from Philippe Coutinho were enough for The Reds to see off The Gunners at the Emirates.
After the match, pundit Thierry Henry spoke to Sky Sports about the state of Arsenal Football Club right now and he did not hold back.
“The thing I don’t understand is, we’ve been told that Arsenal are wealthy, that they have money, that we can compete against anyone in the market,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“But when the season starts, we can’t compete in the market. So which one is it? I just don’t understand. Are Arsenal still the first choice in England? If a big player becomes available in the market, first of all, can you compete? Can you put the money on the table? Is the money stupid? We all know that the money is stupid but you have to pay.
“And does the player want to come to Arsenal? That’s something that we all need to take into consideration. Are we still the first choice in England? I don’t think so.”
Henry was quick to criticise the club’s transfer policy and it’s difficult to disagree with him. While it’s unfair to blame the manager for the injuries picked up by Gabriel and Per Mertesacker, it’s also unfair to play a 20-year-old and 21-year-old at the back on the opening match of a Premier League season. The supporters are angry and a lot needs to change in the coming weeks.