Thierry Henry: Nobody wants to see Arsenal play like that - especially me

Tom Doyle
Evening Standard
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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry laid into his former club after Arsene Wenger's Gunners fell to a disappointing 3-1 Premier League defeat at West Brom.

Wenger's side headed into the game needing a win to keep up the pressure in the race for the top four, but produced a poor display as Tony Pulis' Baggies coasted to a convincing win at The Hawthorns.

A group of Arsenal fans launced a "No contract: Wenger out" protest plane banner at kick-off, and Craig Dawson headed West Brom in front after poor marking from the Gunners.

Alexis Sanchez equalised shortly before a pro-Wenger banner was then flown over the stadium, but Dawson scored another header in the second half before Hal Robson-Kanu capitalised on more bad defending from the visitors to put the game out of sight.

Henry was visibly frustrated speaking to Sky Sports after the game, saying: "Nobody wants to see Arsenal play like that - especially me."

"It is not enough to have 77 per cent possession and you don’t do anything with it. You play against a team with 23 per cent of the ball and they create more chances, have more shots on target. What is that possession supposed to say?

"You have to do something with it and they had nowhere near the desire, commitment and attitude required to win a game in the Premier League.

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"We can talk about whether Arsene Wenger or Alexis Sanchez will stay, let’s talk about West Brom. You have to win at West Brom and they couldn’t do it. Especially the way they lost, it was all about attitude."

Former Totternham and Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp was similarly unimpressed with Arsenal, telling Sky Sports: "That’s the sort of performance that gets managers the sack.

"That was shambolic from Arsenal. I have never seen a team at the top level, defending against a team we know are great from set-pieces, defend like that."

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