Thierry Henry understands why Arsenal has a tough time attracting top players
Written by Mads Trudslev. April 17, 2017
Arsenal has in many years failed to sign players from the top of the hierarchy. Thierry Henry is sad to say, that he understand that tendency, because the club is not competing with the best teams about the trophies. According to him, it will be a wrong decision for the top players to join a team, which is not going to compete for the titles.
– It kills me to say this as an Arsenal fan, but my old club is not an attractive destination anymore for the top, top players. Why would the leading players, who can have a real impact in the Premier League and improve that Arsenal team, come to the Emirates?
Arsenal is in danger of not qualifying for the Champions League, for the first time under Wenger. They are at seventh place with a game on their hands and seem to once again come up short in the big competitions which, according to Henry, is the main reason, they lose their appeal.
– Yes, wages come into it, he said about the economic factor. It is a job after all and as a player you get what you can, like anyone in any walk of life. But competition for trophies is the key. If you are a director of football and you work for Arsenal, how do you attract a big player?
– I’m not suggesting people aren’t doing their jobs at Arsenal, just that selling the club has become increasingly difficult over the last two or three years. I don’t see anything to attract the big players.
– I don’t know who has been on Arsenal’s list over recent years, but I’m sure that some of the players, who joined, were not top of their list. To be attractive again, they have to win titles again. (That is) easier said than done of course, but when you win, you’re sexy. Success attracts top players. It’s contagious. And then when you lose, that becomes a disease too.