Henry hails Arsenal’s new freedom of movement

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Thierry Henry says Arsenal are reaping the benefits of fielding Alexis Sanchez as a central striker as the Chilean’s energy creates space for teammates Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil.

In the absence of the injured Olivier Giroud, last season’s top scorer for the Gunners, the attacking trio have netted 20 times so far this season to help the Gunners to top spot in Champions League Group A and to the same number of points as Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Speaking at a Puma promotional event in Kolkata, India, the ‘Invincible’ played up Wenger’s change in tactics and made clear he’s not surprised Alexis is thriving in the middle having proved himself in the position for his country.

“I always said in the past two years that Sanchez could be used as an option as a centre forward,” Henry said.

“He’s finally playing as a centre forward. He does it for Chile. So it’s not something that he doesn’t know how to do. He did it for Udinese also in Italy and he does it ever so well.

When you have a guy who as a number 9, the way he puts pressure, the way he moves, his vision for the ball, that creates a lot of holes for (Mesut) Ozil. That’s why Ozil is scoring a lot of goals off the movement of Alexis Sanchez.

“Ozil can now go and make those runs as a number 10. Theo (Walcott) is scoring a lot of goals also because there is a lot of movement.

“I think Arsene (Wenger) did it pretty well and I think the reason why Arsenal is doing well so far during this season is because Alexis is playing up there and making all those movements to create a lot of space for others.”

Henry also touched on his aims for the future stressing he’s a long way from being in a position to inherit the reins from Arsene Wenger anytime soon. The Frenchman spent last year coaching Arsenal’s Academy prospects but recently took up a role with the Belgian national team.

“That’s a long way [off],” he said when quizzed on the possibility of becoming the next manager at the Emirates.

“People keep on asking that. First and foremost the boss,and we have to respect that, is still there and is doing a good job. Hopefully, we can win the league. As you guys know  I am an Arsenal fan. It will be great on the season of his (Wenger’s) 20 years at Arsenal.

“Right now, I’m in a learning process, trying to know the job. It’s not easy. It’s a difficult job, trust me. Hopefully one day, if it can happen, I can be a manager (but) I don’t know when and I don’t know where.”

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Cheers to @aeroberg for the heads up on the quotes.

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Hutch
Hutch

That’s nice.

RuminatingGooner
RuminatingGooner

A very matured response.

Baconator
Baconator

For “freedom of movement” to work, you need *some* space – something Boro wasn’t going to let us have. Alexis up top is making us better against teams that give us space, but against the park-the-bus strategy, we need the Giroud option.

Look at Giroud’s stats the past few seasons: he scores the most goals against these types of teams (not to mention Ozil provides the most assists here, as well).

Like it or not, we need that fall-back option that is the HFB to win the league. COYG

lalok
lalok

Couldnt agree more.. Sadly giroud was injured.. Hopefully he’ll come back soon, giroud would be a better option against “park the bus” strategy.. Plus sanchez looked a bit tired, maybe he needs some rest..

Pooner
Pooner

Good job he’s finally back from injury then!

Andres
Andres

When the opponent team park the bus, tall-stiff players is not the answer, but to retreat back as a compact pack to make them come out from safe zone. You move the ball showing them the “opportunity ” to recover it. Then you attack again, with velocity and pace. This strategy can only be done by teams with very good communication.

Sheffield Goon
Sheffield Goon

Love to see him take over from Arsene.

Not yet, though.

GoonerAbroad
GoonerAbroad

But the daily mail days freedom of movement is tantamount national suicide?? Who can I believe these days?

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Daily Mail is probably not a good place to start

Hadvar
Hadvar

I have a morbid fascination with the Mail. If you can get past engendering fear of everyone and everything for the benefit of fretting old ladies, there is some cutting edge investigative journalism. Today….. A contestant on pointless who was called ‘CLINT’ was wearing a name badge that looked like ‘CUNT’. See? Fleet street at it’s finest.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I don’t think they do much investigating, they just seem to make stuff up.

Sarbajit Das

Kolkata, India … The mention of one’s hometown is always special, enjoy your stay, your highness in the football capital of the country

Parlour's pay packet
Parlour's pay packet

Is there a touch of “you can’t win the premier league with Giroud” here? Kind of feels like he’s building up to an “I told you so”, which if we win the league I’m fine with!

1goldenleague
1goldenleague

Adrian Durham the scum from the daily fail, obviously a spud ?