Arsenal: Thierry Henry texts Mikel Arteta ahead of Man Utd clash

Thierry Henry wants to see more ‘improvement’ from Arsenal (Image: Prime Video)

Thierry Henry urged Arsenal to make a ‘statement’ against Premier League rivals Manchester United and said he would like to see more ‘improvement’ on Mikel Arteta’s part after their encouraging run.

After a lousy start to the season, Arsenal have won ten of their last 12 games in all competitions to climb to fifth place on the table, a point outside Champions League locations with a game in hand.

Henry insists Arteta is doing very well but insists the team’s recent performance is Flattered by some favorable fixtures, and says Arsenal need to start beating their top four opponents.

Arsenal’s only loss since August to at the hands of Liverpool last month, with the Red Devils easily winning 4-0 at Anfield, and Henry wanting his old club to start competing with the strongest teams in the Premier League.

Arteta’s side travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Thursday night and while Henry admits that the Red Devils are not the force they used to be, he says the fixture represents an opportunity for Arsenal to make a ‘statement’.

When asked about Arsenal’s recent form, Henry said Main video: ‘It shows we can beat Newcastle at home. We can beat Burnley, we can beat Aston Villa before Steven Gerrard comes. We can beat Leicester with 27% possession.

‘Personally I think winning against those teams – and I don’t have a place – but I expect that from Arsenal when they play one game a week.

Mikel Arteta’s side face Manchester United on Thursday night (Image: Getty)

‘Now the improvement is can you beat the top teams? That’s the improvement I’d like to see and look forward to seeing tomorrow at Old Trafford.

‘Every time they play against a team they lose they not only lose but get battered. The improvement I would like to see is if they can make the top four?

‘I’m an Arsenal fan and I think Mikel Arteta is doing well, but I’d like to see that improvement.

‘Manchester United are not in the top four but that could be a statement to go there and win and win well.

‘We are talking about Arsenal. I can’t get past the moon before the Newcastle win, I want to see them win at Old Trafford tomorrow. ‘

Arteta, meanwhile, has admitted preparations for Thursday’s Premier League clash have been made more complicated by the changing circumstances surrounding Manchester United’s management situation.

German boss Ralf Rangnick was named interim manager at Old Trafford on Monday but won’t be in the Arsenal game like he is Still waiting for a work permit, although he was supposed to be on the field.

“It’s very difficult tactically, because you don’t know how they’re going to prepare,” said Arteta.

‘Their roster is one of the most talented in the league, so you know they have picks and lineups they can change.

‘We don’t know if he has [Rangnick] will sit on the bench or attend training sessions.

‘We’ve been trying to gather information to understand more, but we don’t know the influence of the new coach. It’s more complicated than usual. ‘

While Arsenal are climbing up the Premier League table, Manchester United is only seventh when Former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was fired and ranked 10th before the visit of Arsenal.

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