London, March 2 (IANS) Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry called on the club’s supporting cast to chip in with more goals if the Arsene Wenger-managed side are to win the English Premier League (EPL) title this season.
Arsenal have won just three of eight league games in 2016 and Henry said Wenger’s side need a reaction.
The Gunners lost ground to both Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the title race at the weekend as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Manchester United and Henry feels they have become too reliant on a small number of players to score goals.
Asked about Theo Walcott’s contribution so far this season, the Gunners legend admitted that the England forward should have done more but argued that others needed to step up when he was out of form.
“Theo should have done better, we all agree on that and especially this season. Olivier Giroud has been scoring a lot of goals and at the moment is not scoring, Alexis Sanchez has been suffering a bit. What happened to the other part of the team?” Henry was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Tuesday.
“Who was scoring goals when Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were not scoring? Who was scoring goals when Sergio Aguero was not scoring? Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko. Who was scoring goals at Arsenal when I was having a barren run? Sylvain Wiltord. And I can go through teams that won the title like that,” the former French international said.
The 38-year-old stressed the importance of key players performing on a regular basis but pointed to the Leicester and Spurs goal scorers in their wins at the weekend as an example of what Arsenal need when they fail to do so.
“Now, and I’m not trying to find any excuses like that because your usual suspects need and have to perform. But what is happening when they are not scoring? Who is going to come from the bench and change the game?” the two-time EPL winner said.
“Leonardo Ulloa did it at the weekend for Leicester. Who scored for Tottenham at the weekend? Harry Kane? No, Danny Rose and Nacer Chadli, that’s how you win a league,” Henry concluded.