Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has given a damming verdict on Mikel Arteta’s side challenging for the Premier League title.
Thierry Henry has conceded Arsenal are ‘nowhere near the level’ required to compete for the Premier League title.
The Gunners made it back-to-back eighth-place finishes last season upon claiming a 2-0 final day win over Brighton, leaving them six points outside the top-four and 25 points behind champions Manchester City. Adding insult to injury was the club’s failure to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years.
The current circumstances in north London are a far cry from the one Henry enjoyed during his own Arsenal career under legendary manager Arsene Wenger.
“I don’t like to compare eras, people do and I understand that. It’s a different generation, a different time, different technology, they have different views of the game, different preparations, and different ways,” Henry told beIN SPORTS.
“The team hasn’t been successful recently, obviously winning cups along the way, but nowhere near the level of trying to compete for the title.
“But you can say the same for a lot of teams. You see Liverpool wait 30 years to win the title, it takes time, even for great teams.
“So hopefully Arsenal can come back and compete because at the end of the day there’s only going to be one winner, but at least try and compete.”
The two-time Premier League winner, who scored a club-record of 228 goals in his Gunners career, feels Arteta’s side need to be able to deliver on a more regular basis to move higher up the table next season.
Henry added: “Consistency, when you look at Arsenal’s squad right now, on a good day they can beat anybody, but on a bad day they can lose to anybody.
“That’s why they find themselves in the situation they are in right now. They are a mid-table team because that’s what happened – some days yes and some days no.
“It’s painful to watch as an Arsenal fan, but consistency is very key.”