Thierry Henry explains where Arsenal have gone backwards

Thierry Henry is disappointed to have seen Champions League qualification become an acceptable standard for Arsenal.

Thierry Henry has admitted to Sky Sports that Arsenal have gone backwards since his heyday, with Champions League qualification now an acceptable standard at Emirates Stadium.

When at the peak of his powers, Henry formed part of a side that regularly challenged for the Premier League title.

There was an expectation in north London that the Gunners would compete for major honours, with Manchester United their fiercest rivals in that particular pursuit.

The Red Devils have also suffered a humbling fall from grace since then, but believe they are back on track under Louis can Gaal.

Arsenal, meanwhile, find themselves some way off the pace in the race for domestic supremacy in 2014/15, with Arsene Wenger’s men seemingly happy to settle for a top-four finish.

Henry told Sky Sports as part of their Super Sunday coverage: “It looks like Arsenal now are a team that looks to finish fourth, which is not what you look for with Arsenal. You want to try and battle for the title.

“They have to prove that they can beat the big teams. Saying that, they need to defend better. Defending does not mean that you are just talking about the back four, it has to be a team effort.”

Heading into a meeting with Manchester City on Sunday, Arsenal find themselves 16 points adrift of table-topping Chelsea.

They have made the Champions League in every season since Wenger took the reins, but the ‘Invincibles’ of 2003/04 were the last side to clinch English football’s biggest prize.

The Gunners finished second 12 months on from that success, but the last nine years have seen them finish outside of the top two.

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