Thierry Henry urges Arsenal to keep their ‘composure’ in title race after losing top spot to Man City following 3-1 defeat – as club legend admits ‘I wish we had more points’ after dropping eight in three games
- Arsenal dropped their eighth points from a possible nine on Wednesday evening
- Mikel Arteta’s side are now without a win in their last four in all competitions
- Re-live the action as the Gunners lost their top spot to Man City in a 3-1 defeat
Thierry Henry has called for Arsenal to keep their ‘composure’ as their title race with Manchester City hit a sizeable hurdle on Wednesday evening.
The Gunners were defeated 3-1 by the reigning champions at the Emirates, courtesy of goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland, as well as a Bukayo Saka penalty to level the scores before the break.
Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer was quick to encourage his former side in the face of the loss at the Emirates, and stated that the Gunners need to show Man City that they can ‘respond’.
He also suggested that Arsenal needed a result against Aston Villa at the weekend to keep apace and remove the risk of being cut adrift at the top.
The north London outfit began the day at the top of the Premier League table, but after dropping their eighth points from nine fell to second place on goal difference, although they do still have a game in hand.
Thierry Henry called for his former side to show greater ‘composure’ in their unlikely title race
Man City ran out 3-1 winners at the Emirates against Arsenal to go top of the Premier League
‘They came to your place and beat you – can you know show that you can respond?’ began the Arsenal legend. ‘Since the beginning of the season City was responding to what you were going. Can you keep your composure?
‘Go to Villa and rectify that straight away at the weekend and show you can be with them all the way and try to do something at their ground, because now it’s going to be very difficult.
‘Just stay calm. You lost against a great team today, we mentioned they had Foden and Akanji come on – do you have the same bench at Arsenal? I’m not too sure, but keep your composure, you lost that one it doesn’t mean now that everything now has to go in the bin.
‘Keep your composure and go and rectify that game against Villa and see what you can do – you still have a game in hand, but now it’s going to be tough though.’
Mikel Arteta’s side are surprise title contenders this season, having amassed 50 points in the first half of the season and taken top spot from the champions before the World Cup.
But despite holding a sizeable lead over the Citizens, recent poor form has seen Pep Guardiola and Co cut back that advantage, and now lead by goal difference.
Arsenal signed Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus from City in the summer, as well as Jorginho from Chelsea, but the side as a whole has not been through a title race – which many suggest gives City the edge.
The Manchester outfit have won six top-flight titles since Arsenal were last crowned champions of England in 2003-04, when Henry was part of the ‘Invincibles’ season that went a whole campaign without losing.
Bukayo Saka’s spot-kick goal was not enough to stop the Gunners dropping their eighth points in three games
But Henry has pointed to recent poor showings against Everton and Brentford as moments that could potentially come back to haunt the Gunners.
Arteta’s side dropped two points against the Bees on Saturday, after Ivan Toney headed home late in the game after the Gunners had taken the lead, with the goal overshadowed by a VAR shadow.
‘I wish we had more points, the Brentford game was massive also. It was always going to happen in a season where you’re not going to win maybe two or three games.
‘You fall so now you’ve got to stand on your feet after that along the way, so hopefully we can do that but City are used to that type of role and that type of battle (for the title).’
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