Thierry Henry: New-found belief is key to Arsenal’s flying start

Thierry Henry believes that a new-found confidence amongst the Arsenal squad is the key to their successful start to season

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Arsene Wenger's side are top of the Premier League table

Thierry Henry believes that a new-found confidence amongst the Arsenal squad is the key to their successful start to the season.

Arsene Wenger’s men are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League table and also lead their Champions League group heading into Wednesday night’s clash at Napoli.

And former Gunners striker Henry says that the north Londoners believe they are capable of beating any opposition in their current form.

Asked what has been the difference for Arsenal season, Henry told Sky Sports: “Just the belief that they have again, the way that they can beat any team at any moment.

“I think the game against Bayern Munich did a lot for them, knowing that they can beat the champions away from home – and well – did a lot for the young team.

“For me, since that game, everything has changed.”

Pre-match facts: Napoli v Arsenal

• This is Arsenal’s 16th successive Champions League campaign; they have advanced from the autumn group stage in the last 13.

• Napoli are still unbeaten in six home games in the competition, winning five and drawing 1-1 with Bayern Munich on 18 October 2011.

• Arsenal’s 15-game unbeaten away run, which started following a 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur on 3 March, was ended by a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United on 10 November.

• Napoli suffered their first Serie A home defeat since 12 December 2012 on 23 November, going down 1-0 to Parma. They won 13 of the intervening 16 league games at the Stadio San Paolo.

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