As we all now know Arsenal managed to pip Spurs by one point to secure Champions League football on the last day. They have always played in Europe’s elite competition since Wenger took over as coach 17 years ago, but their status as one of the big clubs in English football has been in decline in recent seasons some would say.
They have failed to win a major trophy in their last eight seasons, and have only qualification to Europe’s elite competition next season to talk about. However, club legend Thierry Henry believes finishing in the top four is nothing to shout about, and is eager for the club to secure silverware.
Arsenal celebrated jubilantly on the final day of the season at St James Park as they were confirmed a top four spot, which many thought won’t be possible two months prior to that day. According to Dailymail, the former Arsenal captain hopes the players were only celebrating in high spirits because they relegated Spurs to the Europa League at their expense.
Henry won two Premier League titles at the club, and while a top four finish was routine for him, that is not the case now. He acknowledged that his former club rescued this season, but stressed the importance to win something in the future.
He said, “For me as a fan or if I was a player at Arsenal, finishing in the top four would have been normal. We saved our season and that was it because you always want to win and I know people go on about the pictures and all of this celebration. But I can tell you I think it was more the fact that for any Arsenal player, when you really feel the shirt and really play for the club, putting Tottenham out of the top four, and I really do hope that’s what they were celebrating about.”
He added, “Because that is the only thing you can celebrate about. If you are an Arsenal man through-and-through that is like winning something for me. And I also said it when we did it to them out of it and we went in.”
Wenger has allowed star players like Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas amongst other depart the club without bringing in quality replacements, which has really tested the patience of the Gunners faithful. With no trophy to show for his efforts in the last eight years, his position at Arsenal has been increasingly coming under threat.
While Henry acknowledged that the Frenchman cannot stay as boss forever, the idea of not seeing the longest-serving boss in the dug-out would be strange.
Henry said, “For me it’s very difficult for me to see Arsenal play, one day, without Arsene on the bench. Whatever, after, people can say, ‘Oh yeah they won, they didn’t win’, but for me there I will see Arsenal play without Arsene on the bench, it’s going to be weird.”
“So I’d just love to have him there all the time. We all know that’s not going to happen, one day he’s going to have to go. But it will be hard as he’s not thinking of leaving one day. It will happen eventually, we all know it, but I don’t see it.”