'Time will tell' - Thierry Henry delivers verdict as Arsenal senior man signs new deal
By Danny Wright
Thierry Henry has remained sceptical about whether Arsene Wenger’s new Arsenal deal will prove to be a success.
The 39-year-old believes that “time will tell” whether or not the Gunners board have made the right decision after it was announced on Wednesday that the Emirates senior man has agreed to a new two-year deal.
Wenger has faced a backlash of criticism this season following a dismal Premier League campaign that saw him fail to lead the Gunners to a top four finish for the first time in his North London career.
And now, Henry is waiting to see the results of this new deal and is adamant that a league title has to be his top priority.
“As an Arsenal fan, and as a guy who had Arsene as a coach and have maximum respect for him, I’m happy to see him at the club. But time will tell (if the decision is correct),” said the former French international to Sky Sports News, as quoted on their official website.
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“They finished the season strong, although they have done that before. Raising yourself for the FA Cup final, to beat one team on one day is one thing. To do it over 38 games is a different story.
“Everyone is waiting for the title; the club, the players, the fans and Arsene himself.”
Wenger managed to lead his side to the FA Cup title against all odds as they beat Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday in a thrilling encounter.
That success could have proved to be the key factor in the decision to hand the Frenchman a new deal at the Emirates, despite a lack of Champions League football for the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.
Arsenal finished the league season in fifth place after a final day battle for the top four with Liverpool, who beat Middlesbrough and secured their place in Europe’s most prestigious competition to the detriment of the Gunners, despite winning against Everton.
In other Arsenal news, Piers Morgan has made a vow on Twitter following Wenger’s new deal.