EPL 2016/17: Thierry Henry says Arsenal fans will miss Arsene Wenger when he leaves
Former Arsenal captain and club legend Thierry Henry has warned Arsenal fans to be careful about changes they are wishing for claiming when Arsene Wenger does decide to part ways with the Gunners; the fans will see how important he was to the club. In his 20th season as boss, Wenger has qualified every year for the Champions League with a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Henry feels the criticism of his former manager however warranted is over the top, as Wenger was called for the sack by a section of supporters last season after they failed to clinch the Premier League trophy, eventually finishing runners-up.
“Be careful what you wish for because when he's not going to be around people are going to realise what he was doing at the time,” Henry told the London Evening Standard.
“It looks like finally things are going the right way… It would be great if in his 20th season in charge he can win the title. But are they going to do it? The competition is massive.”
Henry believes replacing the veteran French manager who has overseen 3 Premier League trophies and 6 FA Cups in charge of the Gunners is a massive risk. Wenger has stated his role with the club is an ongoing one claiming he has no intentions of leaving his post anytime soon.
However, the Frenchman did tell the media that he would be inclined to take up the position as England manager in the future if it did present itself, post-Big Sam’s removal as The Three Lions manager.
Henry also heaped praise on Theo Walcott’s brilliant start to the season, claiming he would love to the Englishman have a complete all round season that sees him play around 40 games for the Gunners.
Henry believes Walcott has the skill and prowess to improve Wenger's squad in their bid for trophies this season and thinks Walcott can prove to be a vital asset in the remaining part of the season provided he stays fit.
"Theo (Walcott) has been at the club for 10 seasons now. Ten seasons. For me, it's time for him to deliver a complete season," Henry told Firstpost during a round table interaction organised by Puma in Mumbai.
"He was stopped because of injuries also, a couple of times. But I think it’s only time for him to actually have a good 36, 37 or 38 games where he can be efficient for the club and that would be amazing for Arsenal. Amazing for him, amazing for everyone who’s involved with him," Henry added.