Thierry Henry sends warning to Arsenal about lack of progress
The Arsenal legend warns that Arsene Wenger's team is stagnating after their 4-3 win against Leicester on Friday night
Thierry Henry has claimed that the Arsenal team is showing signs of “stagnation”.
The Gunners were thrilling 4-3 winners against Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night to get their Premier League campaign off to the perfect start.
Aaron Ramsey and Oliver Giroud came off the bench to score goals in the final five minutes to overturn Leicester’s 3-2 lead and secure three points in north London.
Arsene Wenger’s defence continued to struggle as Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac looked particularly uncomfortable defending set-pieces.
Arsenal midfield duo Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka played a role in Arsenal’s unconvincing defending, although the Switzerland international teed up Giroud and Ramsey to score.
The Gunners finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a place in the Champions League spot.
Arsenal have signed Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette and Schalke 04 defender Sead Kolasinac in the summer transfer window so far.
Former Gunners striker Henry was disappointed to see a familiar Arsenal performance in their Premier League opener.
“You can talk about evolution or revolution at Arsenal, I call it stagnation,” Henry told The Debate on Sky Sports.
“I watched the game against Leicester and I could tell you what was going to happen. When I go to the Emirates and I watch the game, it’s ‘Yes!’ when we have the ball and ‘No!’ when the opposition does.
“Every time Leicester had the ball I felt they were going to score and every time we had the ball I felt we were going to score.
“People can have a go at the defence but when you play in a back three, it is what is happening in front of you that counts a lot. If you don’t apply pressure well you will be exposed in a back three.
“What I saw, I have seen so many times. Arsenal came back into the game, Aaron Ramsey came on and Olivier Giroud saved the day. But I have seen that too many times.
“Are you always going to score four and concede three? At some point you will be found out.
“It was the first game of the season and, yes, some of the guys were new in the team. But based on how they played, I saw that too often last year. I didn’t see any change.”
Arsenal won the Community Shield earlier this month after a penalty shootout victory over Premier League holders Chelsea.
The Gunners won the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons last term.