Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has defended Arsene Wenger over the manager’s decision to not sign an outfield player in the summer transfer window, according to reports from the Mirror.
The Gunners only had one big arrival in former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, meaning that Wenger has not brought in a single outfield player over the last three months.
And they were the only club in the top five leagues in Europe to do so, yet Henry is uncertain whether the likes of Real Madrid hitman Karim Benzema or Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani would want to come to England in the first place.
“I do not know if the boss wanted Benzema or not, but the player must also want to come,” he said.
“What are you going to offer to the guy who is playing for one of the best teams in the world, knowing that he is playing there week in, week out, and performing well?
“So I do not think that Arsene did not want to bring any other players – that would have been another story if he had really said: ‘I do not want to bring in any other players.’ But he said that if it can be done, then I will try to bring someone.
“But how do you get Benzema from Real Madrid when he plays there and Cavani also from Paris Saint-Germain – he scored again at the weekend? It is a difficult one.
“I do not think he did not want to bring in anyone, he wanted to bring players as we know, but it did not happen.
“Right now they are already five points behind City, still have not won at home, won two games by an own goal, which is actually their best goal scorer at the moment.
“Ideally it does not look right now like they are going to win the league like this. But I think Arsene believes he can win the league with that team and that team is good enough. And that is his prerogative.
“I think he should have tried to bring players and I think he did try, it could not happen, but I still think that team needed some players.”
The striking duo were heavily linked with a move to the Emirates all through the summer, and fans were expecting the Gunners to pull off a deadline day move similar to that of Mesut Ozil’s arrival back in 2013.
Arsenal currently have trouble finding the net on a consistent basis this season, scoring only three goals in four league games, with two of those strikes coming from own goals.