ARSENAL are destined to win the Premier League this season – so says Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

One-time  French superstar Henry is confident that Arsenal will return to the champions’ roll call in 2015-16, so ending their 11-year Premier League title drought. 

Arsenal were briefly top of the league last weekend and currently sit second in the Premier League table behind Manchester City… but only on goal difference. They have won their last four games in the league.

Their four successes have come against Leicester City, Manchester United, Everton and Watford. They’ve also beaten German champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League and are performing much better in bigger games than in recent times.

Henry spoke to TalkSPORT about his former side’s chances, saying: ‘I genuinely think it is their year. They are getting results against big teams now and are backing up those results after big games. That is the key.’

The form of both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott has been an integral part to Arsenal’s recent form and their competitive battle for the striker role is healthy according to Henry.

‘Theo Walcott playing in the middle is pushing Giroud, and Giroud playing in the middle when Theo isn’t playing is pushing Theo. There is healthy competition there now that you need in the game.’

Mesut Ozil’s improved form has also been vital – with the World Cup winner weighing in with seven assists, the highest of anyone in the league. 

His performances have impressed Henry who believes the 27-year-old playmaker has finally ‘woken up.’

“Mesut Ozil, as well, has finally woken up,” said Henry. “You know what he can do.

Mail Online reported that Henry, 38, heaped praise on attacking midfielders Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez who are both important players in the title challenge.

And he does not forget the key contribution of new keeper Petr Cech and the Gunners’ back four. Cech has kept five clean sheets, with only Joe Hart (six) keeping more. This has been helped by strong performances by full backs Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal.

“The back four is also doing very well. Bellerin is doing well, Nacho Monreal is showing why he is at Arsenal and Petr Cech is doing what he is supposed to,” Henry said.

Arsenal are without a league title since 2003-04 when the ‘Invincibles’ side went the season unbeaten. Although that feat can’t be achieved this time around, they’ll no doubt feel confident in providing a solid title challenge.

29/10/15

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