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Thierry Henry names six difficult fixtures awaiting Arsenal in the title race

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has mentioned six difficult matches that could define the Gunners Premier League title charge.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has pinpointed six upcoming matches that could define the Gunners pursuit of the first Premier League title in two decades.

Henry says while both Manchester City and Liverpool are formidable opponents, Mikel Arteta’s squad must demonstrate their mettle in the fixtures ahead if there is any realistic chance of surpassing their last season second-place finish.

Arsenal were dominant with a resounding 6-0 victory over Sheffield United on Monday. The team stormed to a three-goal lead within the first 15 minutes at Bramall Lane, with goals from Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli, Kai Havertz, Declan Rice, and Ben White.

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Currently occupying the third spot in the league table, Arsenal trails Liverpool by two points and Manchester City by one. However, the Gunners boast a superior goal difference, with a record of 45 goals providing a six-goal advantage over Liverpool and ten over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Henry singled out key matchups, including encounters with Manchester City and Tottenham, as pivotal moments. Additionally, he highlighted games against Wolves and Chelsea as significant challenges. The Frenchman underscored the importance of the team’s progress against Porto, suggesting it could impact Arsenal’s season finale.

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Reflecting on the tough road ahead, Henry expressed apprehension about facing opponents away from home. He cited past encounters with Porto as an example of the challenges Arsenal may face, emphasising the need for strategic prowess and adaptability against compact, defensively organised teams.

He said: “For me when I look at it, this one will be a difficult one because Chelsea play ever so well against teams that are on the ball, especially when they are away from home. Having said that, looking at that, how Manchester City is going to go, who knows?

“Brighton away, Wolverhampton, I won’t name that team (Tottenham), we all know that they are going to make sure that we don’t win it and that United’s game away is going to be tricky. If you add to that, if we go deep in the Champions League, you have to add those games in that.

“Can you deal with that? I know Manchester City and Liverpool are equipped to deal with all of that, so when I look at this, that is going to be a tough one away from home and I am scared why because I know it was in the Champions League, but Porto in between all of our goals and playing well, stopped us from having a shot away from home.

“A team that was well drilled and well positioned. Those teams might see this now and go, give them the ball, let’s stay compact, and speed, speed, speed, they have speed on the counter-attack.”

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