Thierry Henry has called on Arsenal’s supporting cast to chip in with goals if Arsene Wenger’s side are to win the title this season.
The Gunners lost ground on both Leicester and Tottenham in the title race at the weekend as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at Manchester United and Henry feels they have become too reliant on a small number of players to score goals.
Asked about Theo Walcott’s contribution so far this season, the Gunners legend admitted that the England forward should have done more but argued that others needed to step up when he was out of form.
“Theo should have done better, we all agree on that and especially this season,” Henry told Sky Sports News HQ.
“Olivier [Giroud] has been scoring a lot of goals and at the moment is not scoring, Alexis Sanchez has been suffering a bit. What happened to the other part of the team?
“Who was scoring goals when Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were not scoring? Who was scoring goals when [Sergio] Aguero was not scoring? [Carlos] Tevez, Edin Dzeko. Who was scoring goals at Arsenal when I was having a [barren] run? Sylvain Wiltord. And I can go through teams that won the title like that.”
Henry stressed the importance of key players performing on a regular basis but pointed to the Leicester and Spurs goalscorers in their wins at the weekend as an example of what Arsenal need when they fail to do so.
“Now, and I’m not trying to find any excuses like that because your usual suspects need and have to perform,” Henry added. “But what is happening when they are not scoring? Who is going is going to come from the bench and change the game?
“[Leonardo] Ulloa did it at the weekend for Leicester. Who scored for Tottenham at the weekend? Harry Kane? No, [Danny] Rose and [Nacer] Chadli, that’s how you win a league.”