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Henry admits Wenger must win the title after extending Arsenal stay

Date Posted,May 31, 2017

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes Arsene Wenger must win the title after signing a new two-year deal.

The Frenchman finally ended speculation over his future on Wednesday by putting pen to paper on a contract extension.

The deal will take Wenger into his 23rd season in north London, although it is now 13 years since his last title.

And Henry , who was part of the Arsenal side that last won the Premier League, has challenged his former boss to end the long wait.

“As an Arsenal fan, and as a guy who had Arsene as a coach and have maximum respect for him, I’m happy to see him at the club but time will tell,” he told Sky Sports.

Wenger lifts the FA Cup (Photo: The FA/Getty Images)
Arsenal's captain Thierry Henry (R) and coach Arsene Wenger look dejected during the trophy ceremony after the UEFA Champion's League final football match Barcelona vs. Arsenal
Wenger and Henry during the Champions League final in 2006 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

“They finished the season strong, although they have done that before. Raising yourself for the FA Cup final, to beat one team on one day is one thing. To do it over 38 games is a different story.

“Everyone is waiting for the title; the club, the players, the fans and Arsene himself.

“That’s what I want to see because raising your game for one day is one thing, but everybody is waiting for that to be done over 38 games.”

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Wenger is expected to spend big this summer in a bid to close the gap on those at the top but Henry believes the change in system to a back three may be key.

“He might buy one or two players having, as he’s claimed, created a dynamic to win the title finally. But I’ve heard that before, and the year before, and the year before,” Wenger added.

“Hopefully a change in system might be the thing that helps them win the title next year.”

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