Alexis Sanchez has brought the X-Factor back to Arsenal, declares Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry assesses Arsenal's Premier League title chances this season
Thierry Henry believes that Alexis Sanchez provides the “X-Factor” that Arsenal need if they are to win the Premier League title this season.
The Gunners have bounced back from their opening weekend defeat by West Ham United to move up to second place in the table and level on points with leaders Manchester City after 10 games.
Henry was part of the last Arsenal side to win the title when they went unbeaten under Arsene Wenger back in the 2003-04 campaign.
And the former Arsenal striker believes that the north London side are capable of sustaining a genuine top-flight title challenge this season.
Henry told talkSPORT: “I genuinely think it is their year.
“They are getting results against big teams now and are backing up those results after big games. That is the key.
“Theo Walcott playing in the middle is pushing [Olivier] Giroud, and Giroud playing in the middle when Theo isn’t playing is pushing Theo. There is healthy competition there now that you need in the game.
“Mesut Ozil, as well, has finally woken up. You know what he can do. He is an amazing player, a World Cup winner, with the touch, the vision, but he wasn’t always doing it on a daily basis with Arsenal. Now he is doing it.
“Then you have [Santi] Cazorla. He is the brain of the team – the way he wants to play is how the team is going to play. Then there is the X-factor you always need to have to win a title – Alexis Sanchez. He is the guy that you know, when he is in tune, it is very difficult to beat Arsenal.
“The back four is also doing very well. [Hector] Bellerin is doing well, Nacho Monreal is showing why he is at Arsenal and Petr Cech is doing what he is supposed to.”
The Gunners were dumped out of the League Cup on Tuesday night after Sheffield Wednesday secured a 3-0 win over Wenger’s side at Hillsborough.
Arsenal’s now turn their attentions back to the Premier League and Saturday’s trip to Swansea City as they look to sustain their title bid.