Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has played down Thierry Henry’s criticism that the club might not be heading in the ‘right direction’ under him.
The club legend, who notched 228 goals in 376 appearances for the north London side, expressed doubt over the current situation at the Gunners earlier this week.
‘I don’t know if things are going in the right direction,’ he said at the Prime Video Presents Sport 2021 event.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta (left) has played down Thierry Henry’s (right) criticism
‘I watched the Brighton game. Did you watch it?
‘I was waiting to see the Brighton game, to see if we could have the ball and keep the ball, away from home, retaining possession, against a dangerous Brighton side.
‘When we used to lose, even after I left the team, it was always said that Arsenal don’t have a Plan B and that they passed too much for the sake of passing.
‘But I didn’t see that from Arsenal in the Brighton match. I saw Brighton do that.’
Arsenal made a terrible start to the 2021-22 season but bounced back in September
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After three league wins on the bounce following a disappointing start to the 2021-22 campaign, Arsenal were held to a goalless draw by Brighton prior to the international break.
The Gunners face Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace on Monday night as players return from international duty this week, and Arteta dismissed Henry’s comments in his pre-match press conference.
‘It’s just another opinion so I have to respect that,’ he said when asked about the former striker’s views.
Arteta found himself under heavy scrutiny after Arsenal’s abysmal start to the season – their worst in Premier League history.
But he relieved the pressure on his shoulders with a fruitful September as Arsenal beat Norwich and Burnley 1-0 and came out on top in the north London derby against enemies Spurs.
Arteta’s Arsenal currently occupy 11th place in the Premier League table after picking up 10 points from their opening seven matches.
The Gunners secured three league wins and a draw on bounce prior to the international break