Henry was making his debut as a Sky Sports pundit today.
Former Arsenal favourite Thierry Henry made his punditry debut for Sky Sports for the Manchester City vs. Arsenal game today, report the Mail, and the Frenchman did not seem impressed by the state of affairs at his former stamping ground, claiming that the Gunners have “gone backwards”.
It is hard to argue with Henry’s prognosis, considering that they have gone from perennial title challengers to perennial forth place finishers since players such as Henry left – and the Frenchman put that down to a lack of industrious midfielders such as Patrick Vieira and Gilberto Silva.
He did also, however, slam the fans who abused manager Arsene Wenger after the defeat at Stoke City for the manner in which they went about their criticism:
“Yes, they have gone backwards, it looks like they are a team who looks to finish fourth. When you looks at Arsenal they should be trying to win the title. I’m sure Arsene, the fans and the board want more. You can be upset at Arsenal losing to Stoke City but it is the way they went after Arsene and the words they used.”
“They are not far but they are missing a big piece. They are missing a Vieira and a Gilberto Silva. Those guys would have done anything to allow us to perform well. They protected the back four. Do Arsenal have that now, I don’t think so.”