Thierry Henry predicts where Chelsea and Arsenal will finish this season
Thierry Henry discusses the Premier League title race and Chelsea's poor start to the new season
Thierry Henry believes that Chelsea are unlikely to finish in the top four after their disastrous start to their Premier League title defence.
The Blues head into Sunday lunchtime’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in 15th place in the Premier League table and 15 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho has watched his team slump to seven top-flight defeats in their opening 13 games to leave them closer to the relegation zone than the top of the table.
And former Arsenal striker Henry feels that the Blues have already left themselves with too much to do as they bid to climb the table and secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Henry wrote in his column for The Sun: “For me, the teams in contention [for the title] are Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and maybe Liverpool.
“Chelsea should not even be in the conversation. If they get back into the top four it will prove nothing more than how poorly the top teams are doing.
“If Chelsea had played like they did last year they would be 10 points clear now, with one hand already on the trophy.
“But every time a team has had the opportunity to take charge at the top, they have wasted it.”
The former France international also discussed Arsenal’s title hopes as Arsene Wenger’s men look to return to winning ways in the top flight after their 2-1 loss to West Brom last weekend.
He continued: “If they are going to win their first Premier League since 2004 [Arsenal] can’t let any more opportunities slip through their fingers.
“If they had beaten Spurs and West Brom like they should have done, they would be three points clear at the top.
“Instead they are fourth and have squandered five points which could prove decisive in the end.
“They have also allowed Tottenham back into the dogfight and given belief to Liverpool they might still have a chance.”