Arsenal News: Arsenal Have to Finish in the Top Four, Henry

H AndelAnalyst IIIJanuary 11, 2012

Henry will look to help his mentor maintain his record of finishing in the top-four every season.
Henry will look to help his mentor maintain his record of finishing in the top-four every season.Clive Mason/Getty Images

Thierry Henry acknowledges that Arsenal face a stiff competition for a top-four finish at the end of the season, but maintains Arsenal have what it takes to face the challenge successfully.

Arsenal currently sit at fifth place on the Premiership table, with both Liverpool and Newcastle United in hot pursuit at sixth and seventh places, respectively. Arsenal lead both with two and three points in respective order.

Meanwhile, Chelsea, currently occupying fourth place on the table, lead Arsenal with a single point at 37 points. Tottenham Hotspur are third on the table and lead Arsenal with six points.

As things stand at the moment, the battle appears to be for the last top-four spot, a spot for which Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle must compete.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, Henry reflects on the situation:

We obviously don't want to be out of the top four. There's going to be a hell of a competition this year to be in it.

But I do think this team has what it takes to be in it, if you think about the way the team has come back from the beginning of the season.

Henry acknowledges the role of injury through all this. Arsenal lost another defender—Francis Coquelin—in the FA game against Leeds United:

The team is slowly getting into form. Again, we lost a full back against Leeds and we can do without injuries. That will help a lot.

But it is what it is. We still had to win a game out there against Leeds and it happened.

Arsenal face Swansea City next in Round 21 of the season, a game they have to win to maintain a realistic chance of meeting this goal. Says Henry:

Swansea are an amazing team. I've been more than impressed with them, they play football the right way, they're dangerous, they play with two great wingers and we know it's going to be a difficult game for us.

Henry helped Arsenal to a lone-goal victory over Leeds United in the FA third round by scoring the single goal of the match, and will be expected to score more goals in the next six weeks of his loan period. But, the reality is he may not score in every game.

He will do what he can, he says, but fans must realize he can't score in every game:

I know I scored [in the Leeds game] but that is not going to happen every time I play. I don't know if my runs were intelligent or not but that's the way I play.

I am going to try to bring what I can. Maybe another time it won't be enough, but I will always try my best.

If Arsenal don't finish in the top four at the end of the season, it will be the first time it'll happen under Arsene Wenger's 15-year tenure at Arsenal. With 18 matches left to play in the season, Arsenal can fancy their chances at meeting  their goal.