Thierry Henry.

Arsenal have somewhat stabilised themselves following a couple of harrowing results versus Stoke and Liverpool in late August.

Arsene Wenger watched his men fall to a 1-0 defeat against the Potters before suffering a 4-0 hammering at Anfield eight days later.

The Gunners have since gone a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions, though their performances have been less than top drawer.

Considering they had to wait until the Liverpool game to see Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil on the pitch together, Arsenal fans are likely content with being fifth in the league at present.

The duo are both working towards peak condition having carried injury problems into the new season off the back of a troublesome summer transfer window.

Ozil is yet to contribute a single goal or assist this term, while Sanchez has only one of each since making his long-awaited return to action.

Fit or not, it’s hardly the output expected of two leading Premier League stars who are almost guaranteed to be selected when available.

But while most Arsenal fans feel more comfortable when both their key men are on the pitch, club legend Thierry Henry thinks otherwise given their recent performances.

The former striker has fired a warning to Wenger, claiming Ozil and Sanchez are undeserving of the special treatment afforded by his old boss.

“Listen, there’s something I’ve seen that I didn’t see for a very long time with the Arsenal side and Arsene doing what he did,” Henry said on Sky Sports, per 101GreatGoals.

“More often than not, when Alexis Sanchez was back, whether he’s fit or not, he plays. Ozil, whether he’s fit or not or if he trained a lot or not, he plays.

“The other day I saw something at Chelsea, okay he (Sanchez) didn’t start at Chelsea, but when he came on they put him up front because they were so well organised.

“Maybe we’re reading a bit too much into that but this is something that Arsene wouldn’t have done back in the days. ’You’re back, you’re the man, you play’.

“The other day was like ‘hang on a minute, that team has been working hard, we’re going to go to Chelsea like that’. 

“Now Ozil comes on and Alexis comes off. 

“There’s something I didn’t see before that now he said at the beginning of the game ‘the team is playing well, so he’s like any other player, he has to wait a bit’.”


It’s certainly a valid point amid their poor form and the uncertainty surrounding their respective futures.

Not every corner of the Emirates is happy to see Ozil and Sanchez on the pitch when they’re not at their best, so it will be interesting to see if Wenger is brave enough to take Henry’s advice.


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