Arsene Wenger decides against re-signing Arsenal legend Thierry Henry
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was frustrated at his sides’ complacent form after the Gunners recorded a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Tuesday night. Arsene Wenger and Co. were turned into a laughing stock as they needed an own goal from Southampton to save themselves from an embarrassing defeat just three days after routing Newcastle United with a 7-3 victory.
Arsene Wenger criticized his men over their mental sharpness against Southampton. The Frenchman told reporters he was in search for a remedy for his team, which has been unable to impress in spite of big summer signings.
The Gunners are currently position fifth on the Premier League table after one of their worst starts to a season in recent history. Arsenal are now just four points away from fourth placed Chelsea with a game in hand. They are scheduled for a trip to Swansea City before hosting Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger understands his side needs a boost to become one of the top English powerhouses once again. However, the Frenchman admitted he has no intentions of bring back Thierry Henry permanently for a second time.
“We didn’t create a lot after having scored five at Reading, seven against Newcastle,” Arsene Wenger said in an attempt to point out where his side was facing problems. “The goal chances we created were not a lot and our game lacked purpose, lacked penetration, lacked speed - all the qualities that we usually have and that we didn’t see tonight
“It is frustrating. It is nothing to do with the physical side. In a game of that magnitude against a Southampton team that was really highly determined, I felt we lacked purpose in our game, and it was more mental than physical. We lacked sharpness.
“There is no specific reason. We prepared normally, we prepared well, and, maybe Southampton deserve some credit as well. They fought for every single ball until the last second.”
Theo Walcott’s free kick was put in the net by Guly Do Prado, which allowed Arsenal to equalize after Southampton took the lead. After scoring a brilliant hat-trick on Saturday, Theo Walcott was unable to produce another memorable performance. As a matter of fact none of the Arsenal players had a good day on the field.
“Overall, nobody was put in good positions to express something offensively,” Arsene Wenger admitted. “We didn’t have enough quality to get them out of position, but it is difficult to identify any specific thing. We have to analyze that together and see why because we have big games coming up and we want to get back to our normal performance.”
Arsene Wenger also ruled out the possibility of bring back Thierry Henry to Arsenal. The Frenchman brought back the club legend on a loan deal a year ago. Fans expected Arsene Wenger to sign in Thierry Henry permanently after the French striker decided to leave the New York Red Bulls.
“He is going away somewhere,” Arsene Wenger informed. “He is not ready and for the moment we are not on that case.”
Nonetheless, Arsene Wenger is looking forward to transfer activity during the January transfer window.
“I will be active, yes,” Arsene Wenger declared. “We are looking everywhere and we are open-minded. We want to strengthen the squad if possible and if we find the right players.”