Thierry Henry Praises Arsenal “Defending well, being tight and counter-attacking”


Arsenal fans received their Christmas present from Emirates Stadium after the nail biting clash against Manchester City.

The complete Arsenal team yet to come due to few injury blows, but the replacements and Arsene Wenger’s change of game plans worked well.

Mesut Ozil assisted the two goals for the game and German player created most of the chances for the Gunners this season. He got the Player of the match.

Jamie Carragher on sky sports: “Yes, just. It’s the injuries that are going to be the problem for them, how quickly they can get these players back.

“But the four-point cushion they have got, and the way the other sides are playing, they are just favourites. They’ve got to take advantage of it now.

“For Arsenal now, I said before the game this was one of the biggest league games they’ve had for years, and probably for years to come.

“Beating big teams has been a massive problem for Arsenal over the years. I wouldn’t necessarily say Arsenal have gone to a different level this season, it’s more that other teams have dropped off, and Arsenal have maintained their level from the last couple of years.

“But they’ve got to take advantage of other teams dropping off because these teams next season will be back and better.”

Thierry Henry also praised his former team for the complete game they played against Manchester City.

“It’s perfect Arsenal in a way,”

“In the beginning they were very passive. You could see Ozil and Giroud getting frustrated with the team because they were not pushing up with them.

“But the next thing you know, from the chance that [Kevin] De Bruyne missed, they find themselves 2-0 up. A year ago they would have been losing that game.

“They couldn’t beat big teams like that before. And it was almost in an unlike Arsenal way: Defending well, being tight and counter-attacking. We saw that against Bayern Munich. We saw that against Man United.”

Only sad part of the game is Petr Cech ends his 169 clean sheet run.

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