Thierry Henry makes claim that will worry Arsenal fans

Thierry Henry admits his concerns about Arsenal's ability to attract the top players in the transfer market

Thierry Henry has admitted that he is concerned that Arsenal are not an attractive club to prospective players in the transfer market any more.

The Gunners have already found themselves under intense pressure in recent days after they lost their opening game of the season 4-3 to Liverpool at The Emirates.

Much has been made of Arsenal’s business in the transfer market in recent seasons and Arsene Wenger’s apparent refusal to spend big money on top players.

However, former Arsenal captain Henry has now raised concerns about the north London club’s ability to attract the top players to the club.

Speaking on Sky Sports after Sunday’s defeat, Henry said: “The one thing I really don’t understand is that we’ve been told towards the end of last season that Arsenal are wealthy, that they can compete against anyone in the market. Now the season starts, and we can’t compete with anyone on the market. Which one is it? I really don’t understand.

“I go back to what I said before: can Arsenal compete and put the money on the table [to sign new players], and does the player want to come to Arsenal? Are we still the first choice in England? I don’t think so.”

Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season and 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester City.

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The Gunners have not won the top flight title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season, when Henry was still playing for them at Highbury.

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