Mikel Arteta responds to Thierry Henry's uncertainty over direction Arsenal are heading

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has questioned whether the club are going in the right direction under Mikel Arteta and the Gunners boss has responded to the Frenchman’s comments

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Mikel Arteta has responded to Thierry Henry’s criticism regarding Arsenal ‘s direction under the Spanish manager.

Club legend Henry has questioned whether the Gunners are going down the right path, following their eighth-place finish in the Premier League last season which sees them in a campaign without European football for the first time in 26 years.

And ahead of Monday night’s match against Crystal Palace, the Frenchman’s comments were put towards Arteta in his press conference.

“No I haven’t [heard those comments]. I’ve just heard them from you,” he responded.

“It’s just another opinion so you have to respect that.”

Arteta says he has to respect Henry’s opinion


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So, what did Henry say?

Speaking at the Prime Video Presents Sport 2021 showcase event, the former Highbury hitman said: “I don’t know if things are going in the right direction.

“I watched the Brighton game. Did you watch it?

“I’ve seen us beating Norwich before, winning at Burnley, beating Tottenham at home – because we always beat Tottenham at home,” he gleefully noted.

“I was more than happy when we beat Tottenham as we were on a good run but I was waiting to see a performance, away from home, against a team that passes the ball.

Henry says is not sure of Arsenal’s direction

“And, instead, we suffered.”

Henry continued in his analysis: “I was waiting to see the Brighton game, to see if we could have the ball and keep the ball, away from home, retaining possession, against a dangerous Brighton side.

“When we used to lose, even after I left the team, it was always said that Arsenal don’t have a Plan B and that they passed too much for the sake of passing.

“But I didn’t see that from Arsenal in the Brighton match. I saw Brighton do that.”

However, Arteta recently picked up the award for Premier League Manager of the Month for September, to which he said was a testament to the whole setup at the Emirates.

“It is not personal because it is [also for] all the people behind who help to achieve those trophies,” he explained.

“It is nice and we will now just focus on the next thing, which is win more football matches and hopefully there will be more to come because that would mean we are doing the right things.”

Turning to Monday’s matchup, the Gunners will be keen on making it four successive home wins in all competitions.

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And another Arsenal legend will come up against Arteta, this time in the dugout.

Ex-captain Patrick Vieira, who lifted three Premier League titles under Arsene Wenger, is now in charge of Palace.

And Arteta paid tribute to Vieira on Thursday by saying: “He is an Arsenal legend and I hope he gets the reception he deserves for what he did for the club, not only as a player but also what he transmitted as a person.

“He was a captain of the club in the most successful era in the last many years and it is great to have him back.”

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