Arteta worry as Henry delivers damning verdict on first Arsenal match

Date published: Friday 27th December 2019 4:15

Thierry Henry believes Mikel Arteta has a huge job on his hands to turn around Arsenal’s fortunes after admitting the same mistakes kept occurring during the Spaniard’s first match in charge of the Gunners.

Arteta saw his new troops earn a 1-1 draw in his first match in charge on Boxing Day as a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang goal helped earn a point at Bournemouth. After the match, the new boss admitted he saw some positive signs, but insists implementing his philosophy will take time.

The Spaniard was drafted in as their new manager last week and is tasked with reversing the Gunners’ fortunes after an alarming run of form has left them loitering down in mid table this season.

But having now won just once in their last 14 matches in all competitions, Henry knows Arteta has a serious battle on his hands to turn the tide.

When asked on Amazon what he thought of Arsenal’s display, Henry responded: “In all fairness it’s very difficult to judge someone after one game and only a few days of training.

“What I’ve seen today is what I’ve seen for a long time with Arsenal. I don’t think they played well but Aubameyang scored. I’ve seen that so many times.

“We go back to the [Bournemouth] goal. I don’t want to name names but we’re talking about the same guys again and again.

“[Alexandre] Lacazette should have won it with a good chance but it’s difficult to judge that team right now. They are trying to learn under a new manager so we will see.

“But what I’ve seen today is what I’ve seen for a long time… not that great and Aubameyang scored.”

Meanwhile, Arteta is said to have targeted an out-of-favour Juventus star as his first Arsenal signing and amid claims Granit Xhaka has agreed terms on a move back to the Bundesliga.



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