Thierry Henry offers Arsenal advice to Granit Xhaka: ‘He should do this’

Thierry Henry urges Granit Xhaka to be more direct with his forward passes for Arsenal

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry Photo: Screengrab

Thierry Henry has told Granit Xhaka to try and play more direct balls to Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal.

The Switzerland international started for Arsenal in their 4-3 win over Leicester City at The Emirates on Friday night but was sometimes sloppy in possession.

Lacazette impressed on his Premier League debut for the Gunners as he opened the scoring with a smart header early on.

Henry believes that the addition of Lacazette to the side means that Arsenal now have the option to play the ball behind the opposition defence for the striker to run onto.

However, the Arsenal legend feels that Xhaka did not attempt that kind of pass enough against Leicester City on Friday night.

Speaking on Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, Henry said: “Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top.

“He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes.

“Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball? That’s the best ball in the game because you go straight to goal. They don’t like it.

“Does he lose the ball? No, he doesn’t lose the ball. Does it look pretty? Yes, it looks pretty. But we want to go to goal. That’s where we want to go. Can he play that pass? It is not difficult for Xhaka. They are going to have to learn with Lacazette.”

Xhaka and Lacazette will both be hoping to feature for Arsenal when the Gunners take on Stoke City in their next Premier League game at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday night.

The Gunners, who finished fifth and won the FA Cup last season, are aiming to try and win the Premier League title for the first time since Henry was still playing, back in the 2003-04 campaign.

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