Henry: Arsenal need four more players to challenge Chelsea

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Despite the acquisition of Petr Cech the former striker says the Gunners must strengthen further if they are to mount a Premier League title challenge next season

Thierry Henry says Arsenal need four more players if they are to challenge Chelsea for the Premier League title.

The Gunners finished last season in third place, 12 points behind Jose Mourinho’s champions, despite a strong finish to the season.

Arsene Wenger has already made his first signing of the summer, having signed Petr Cech from the Blues, but Henry says more players are needed for a title tilt.

“That team, I think, has great mentality, top-quality players and match-winners. I still think they need four players to get closer to Chelsea,” he told Sky Sports.

“I compare it to my generation. I knew, for example, when I first arrived at Arsenal that if I was not performing after an hour, Dennis Bergkamp was on the bench sometimes or Kanu or Sylvain Wiltord or Davor Suker. Whoever it was, I knew I had an hour to perform.”

Goal understands the Gunners are prepared to be patient in their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema with Wenger refusing to rule out a move, and Henry feels another forward is important.

“Olivier Giroud alone there as a natural-born striker, it is difficult, because they say when he does not score, it is very difficult,” he added.

“Hopefully Theo Walcott could be the answer. You have a guy who you did not think was going to play as a striker, although he has been the talk of the town for a little while, him playing as a striker.

“You know some people still question Arsene Wenger, but I still think that Arsene has the right attitude and fire; the fire in his belly to try to make sure that team can win another title.”

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