Thierry Henry has been impressed by the “togetherness” of Arsenal this season following their good start to the campaign but he still has one “worry”.
And that “worry” is their participation in the Europa League with the France legend concerned that Mikel Arteta doesn’t have the squad depth to compete on multiple fronts.
The Gunners have made a brilliant start to the domestic season, winning five of their opening six Premier League matches with their 3-1 loss to Manchester United at the weekend their first defeat of the campaign.
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Arteta’s side are top of the Premier League table heading into their first Europa League match of the season tonight, where they will face Swiss side FC Zurich.
But despite being happy with their start to the season, Henry is “worried” that Arsenal could find it hard to keep up their Premier League form alongside a Europa League campaign.
“I can see a team there, a togetherness, and I like that,” Henry told CBS Sports.
“Look, the team is different but you’ve got the likes of Gabriel Jesus, William Saliba, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka…
“The thing with Jesus is he knows how to win, he has won. He’s bringing that into the team and you can see it.
“I believe in them. I haven’t believed like this for a very long time, believed that we could do something.
“But I worry about the Europa League because of the depth of the team. I think the starting XI is good enough but this is a long season so it might be a bit much for them.”
On their participation in the Europa League, Henry added: “I’m worried… I’m worried about that.
“As a coach you think about how you’re going to cope with this season and then there’s a World Cup as well.
“Do you do another pre-season after that? What do you do with the players who don’t go? How will the players come back physically and mentally?
“It’s going to be a tough one for sure.”
It has been 28 years since Arsenal last won a major European trophy, when they won the Cup Winners Cup in 1994, and Arteta hopes he can be the man to end their dry spell.
Arteta said ahead of the match in Switzerland: “That’s a long time and I would like to be the first one to break that negative record.
“But you have to start somewhere and it’s tomorrow, and it’s time to play well and earn the right to win the match.
“This is a competition that we want to take very seriously against an opponent that is going to make life difficult for us, and we want to start the competition in the right way and maintain our momentum.”
On losing the 2019 Europa League final to Chelsea, Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka added: “(I was) very disappointed, first of all, because when you get to the final you want to win it, for sure.
“But you can only learn about this. Three years later we are still here now in the Europa League – and it’s time to win.
“We want to start well in a new competition, in the Europa League and we want to take the three points back to London.”