Thierry Henry: Arsenal need to improve one weakness to challenge for the title
The Arsenal legend warns that Arsene Wenger's team will need to improve their defending to challenge for the title
Thierry Henry has warned Arsenal that the Premier League title will remain out of their reach unless the Gunners concede less goals.
The north London side eased to a 4-3 victory over Leicester City in their opening Premier League game of the 2017-18 season.
Arsenal broke the deadlock before Leicester duo Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy gave the visitors the lead in a crazy first half at The Emirates.
Danny Welbeck levelled on the stroke of half-time before former Arsenal target Vardy restored Leicester’s advantage with an impressive header.
The Gunners rescued three points thanks to late goals from substitute Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in the final five minutes.
Arsenal conceded three goals in their first game of the 2016-17 season too as Liverpool were 4-3 winners against Arsene Wenger’s side.
Former Arsenal legend Henry doesn’t expect the Gunners to challenge for the Premier League title under Wenger can improve his team’s defending.
“You expect Arsenal to control the game a bit more,” Henry told Sky Sports. “It’s not always easy in the Premier League but Tottenham didn’t concede, Manchester United didn’t concede.
“Usually you win titles because you don’t concede goals. Yes, you score goals and we know Arsenal will score, but you need to be able to not concede. That is something Arsenal need to rectify.
“It’s not only the back three, you cannot have your two holding midfielders bombing forward. At times they will score but most of the time you want them to do their job.
“What bothers me the most is I think that team on paper is good enough to compete every year to win the league.
“It’s very difficult to win the league right now. But the not competing part, that’s what hurts Arsenal fans.”
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season after conceding 44 goals in 38 games in the 2016-17 season.
The Gunners won their third FA Cup crown in four seasons last term thanks to a 2-1 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea.
The north London side won the Community Shield earlier this month.