Thierry Henry: This is why Arsenal haven’t signed a centre-half

Thierry Henry explains why Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hasn't taken the plunge and signed a centre-half

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Thierry Henry believes Arsenal haven’t signed a centre-half as Arsene Wenger didn’t envisage Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista picking up pre-season injuries.

The Gunners manager has faced a lot of criticism over the past week after the north London side suffered a 4-3 defeat by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

Wenger started with an untested centre-half pairing of England Under-21 international Calum Chambers and new signing Rob Holding against the Reds as Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane scored for the Gunners.

Arsenal have only signed three players in the summer transfer window so far, but Wenger has only signed one defender – Holding in a deal from Bolton Wanderers – despite injuries to Mertesacker and Gabriel.

Ex-Gunners striker Henry, who was part of the Arsenal manager’s most-recent title-winning side in 2004, attempted to lift the lid on Wenger’s failure to sign a centre-half.

“I think Arsene thought Mertesacker and who he had in the squad was enough because he didn’t buy a defender before they were injured,” Henry told Sky Sports following Friday night’s 2-0 win over Southampton.

“He went on the market when they became injured. It isn’t happening at the moment.”

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