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Thierry Henry Sends Clear Arsenal Premier League Title Challenge Message To Mikel Arteta Ahead of Southampton Game
Thierry Henry Sends Clear Arsenal Premier League Title Challenge Message To Mikel Arteta

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has spoken out ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Southampton, urging the team to “get rid of the emotion” in order to revive their faltering Premier League title challenge.

Arsenal have surrendered two-goal leads in their last two games, allowing Manchester City to close the gap at the top of the table. Despite ripping Liverpool apart for half an hour at Anfield, they conceded twice to only take home a single point.

In a similar scenario at West Ham last weekend, the Gunners once again let another 2-0 lead slip, dropping vital points in the title race.

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Henry, who won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Arsenal, knows a thing or two about the pressures of a title race. Speaking ahead of the Southampton game, he called for a change in mindset for the team.

“I always say in a title race, you have to control your emotion. It’s important to get rid of the emotion and look at the situation,” he said.

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“Sometimes when you’re in the game, you feel like you’re doing everything right but you’re not. That’s why it’s important to have someone on the outside looking at the game.”

Henry believes the Arsenal squad has what it takes to challenge for the title, but they need to find consistency and learn to close out games.

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“Arsenal have a great team, they have the potential to do something special, but they have to do it every week,” he said.

“The potential is there, but it’s about getting the consistency. You can’t drop points like they did against West Ham.”

‘I don’t know the last time we beat Man City so it’s going to be a tough one. The last game against them [a 3-1 defeat in February] didn’t reassure me,’ Henry said onCBS Sports.

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‘Since the start of the season I’ve been talking about emotions and how you don’t win league titles with emotion. I’m sorry, but you don’t.

‘You can win a cup with emotions but not a 38-game season. You can’t be too emotional and we’ve seen recently Arsenal have been too emotional.

‘There is a difference between passion and emotion. You can feel emotions but don’t become too emotional, that’s the difference. They need to stay calm.

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‘We are still ahead of Man City but they need to get rid of the emotional part of the game and concentrate on their job because we were not expected to be there.

‘They may be a bit hurt mentally but we are still ahead. Man City still need to win their games and beat us. So it’s still there in front of you, but for me we need to get rid of the emotional side of the game.

‘When you watch Man City, they look composed whatever the score is. I know we are talking about the crème da le crème but this is what Arsenal need to be.

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‘Sometimes when I watch Arsenal, the game is so up and down and they lose control. But again, we’re still ahead.

‘If I was in the dressing room I would be saying, “This is the moment. This has to be the moment.” But emotionally they also need to be composed enough to take the big moments. It would be amazing if we do it.’

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be hoping for a response from his players as they face a struggling Southampton side who sit bottom of the Premier League table later on today.

But the Gunners cannot afford to underestimate their opponents, with Henry warning that every team in the Premier League is capable of causing an upset.

“The Premier League is difficult, any team can win on any given day,” he said. “Southampton will come to the Emirates with a game plan, they will try to counterattack and be difficult to beat. Arsenal have to be on their game and make sure they don’t concede.”

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With the title race heating up and Manchester City breathing down their necks, Arsenal will need to heed Henry’s advice and find the consistency they need to stay in the running.

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