Thierry Henry says Arsenal have a ‘mental problem’, but also believes Arsene Wenger should stay on as manager to try and fix it.
The club’s record goalscorer was talking to RMC Radio in France, and said that he felt there was no significant gap between the quality of Arsenal’s squad and that of league leaders Chelsea, but said there was a lack of belief in the Gunners camp.
“What I saw against Chelsea is a mental problem,” he said. “And it’s not easy to manage. For now, something is missing.
“It’s been 12 years since Arsenal won the title and we feel this season they may not win it. I think there is quality in this team. But is there enough to win the championship?
“At the beginning of the season, when you look at Chelsea and Arsenal on paper, there is not a huge difference. So that means it’s possible.
“But for that, you have to be in tune with every day. I think Arsenal players are not aware of what they can achieve. At some point you have to believe in your chances of winning.
“It takes self-management and self-discipline in the group.”
It sounds like Henry is putting most of it down to the players themselves, and on the manager whose job it is to get them ready for games, he said, “The work he has to do at the moment is difficult, because it is mental work.
“Personally, I do not think Arsene has to go. Does he have to change his tactics or his way of doing things? I do not know if he’s willing to do that.”
All in all, some pretty mixed messages there.