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Watch: Arsenal Legend Claims Gunners Lack The Mentality For Title Race

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 26: Former French international, Thierry Henry walks on the field prior to the International Friendly match between France and Brazil at the Stade de France on March 26, 2015 in Paris, France.

As we head into the final third of the Premier League season, the mentality of the players involved becomes just as vital to their title hopes as their playing ability.

Arsenal won their first game in five at the weekend with a 2-0 win away at Bournemouth, but Thierry Henry, who was actually part of the last Arsenal team to win the Premier League way back in 2004, believes that Arsène Wenger’s side’s inability to capitalise on the struggles of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United shows they themselves lack the mentality to take control of the situation, particularly in the wake of Leicester’s strong challenge.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Henry said:

“If I had said to you that Chelsea would struggle, Manchester City would struggle, you would have thought that it would be a season that Arsenal would walk away with it easily.

“I would question also the mentality of it. The game against Chelsea, they didn’t score [going on to lose 1-0]…the atmosphere at the stadium was ten years of Theo Walcott, and it almost felt like a charity or testimonial type of game. This is a game you need to win….you’re there to win the game.

“For me at the moment, Leicester are the team to win it. They’re not only showing they can win it, they’re showing they can cope with the pressure.”

Wenger, for his part, has been quick to shift the pressure on to Leicester in anticipation of the two sides meeting at the Emirates next weekend:

“Look, in one week, Leicester has beaten Liverpool and Man City…so that means suddenly they become the favourite in the league. That makes our game on Sunday a very big one.

We have a big game at home now against them, and I believe we have enough quality and nerves to deal with that.”

Arsenal face Leicester this Sunday knowing that a home defeat would see the gap between the two sides widen to eight points. Regardless of the outcome, it promises to be a pivotal point in a wildly unpredictable Premier League title race.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.