Thierry Henry: This is why Chelsea are winning more trophies than Arsenal


Arsenal legend-turned-pundit Thierry Henry believes Chelsea’s shrewd hire-and-fire policy is the key to success for his former side. The Gunners are yet to make a decision on Arsene Wenger’s future, but ‘King Henry’ himself insists that they should move on from their long-standing manager.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has implemented a lot of changes to his management over the years, and Antonio Conte is the seventh head coach in charge of the club since he took over in 2003.

The west London giants have enjoyed immense success under their owner with four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League to add to their trophy cabinet.

In the same period, Arsene Wenger’s side have won the Premier League just once – back in 2003/04, while there have lifted three FA Cups – the last of two have come between 2013 and 2015.

The Blues are, for now, cruising at the top of the league to yet another title, but their London counterparts, in comparison, find themselves in a heap to secure their annual top-four position.

While speaking to The Sun, Henry said that the blame must be put on the Gunners’ board, who have been silent through the criticism aimed at their head coach this season.

“The only people who can answer questions about the club’s [Arsenal] future are the board. Words beat silence in this situation,” he told The Sun.

He adds that he does have some sympathy for Wenger, but the club should move forward with the ‘winning formula’ deployed by their fierce rivals.

He added: “There is no set formula. Chelsea win titles by chopping and changing manager when everyone says consistency is key.

“The only right formula is the winning one. I’ve been in these situations when the confidence goes. It is so hard when you are in the middle of it to sort it out. But they must – and quickly.”

The Gunners are currently two points behind the last Champions League spot occupied by Liverpool, and Henry insists the side should focus on achieving a top-four position this term before deciding on Wenger’s fate in the summer.

Arsenal still has a realistic chance of lifting the FA Cup this season, should they clinch a victory over fifth-tier Lincoln City in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday evening.