Barcelona: Barcelona striker Thierry Henry believes his former club, Arsenal, can still mount an assault on the Premier League title this season despite the seemingly uphill task ahead of manager Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners sold one of their main attacking outlets in Emmanuel Adebayor for £25 million to Manchester City last week and Wenger has been made aware that the club don`t have the financial muscle of some of their closest rivals.
With influential midfielder Samir Nasri ruled out for at least two months after breaking his leg during the club`s tour of Austria, the problems appear to be mounting at the Emirates Stadium.
But former fans favourite Henry, who scored a record 226 goals during his time in north London, is adamant that Arsenal are still capable of winning the Premier League title.
"It`s not going to be easy without Adebayor, obviously, and what happened with Nasri was unlucky, but I still believe they can win the League," the 31-year-old is quoted as saying.
"That is always my feeling about my old club. It won’t be easy because there are teams who are doing it every time, but you never know.”
"I remember when I left everyone was saying it wouldn’t be the same, but they ended up having a great season and nearly won the League.”
"It can happen this year. I know everybody is saying this and that but in my heart I will always talk like that.”
Henry will be hoping to make an appearance for Barcelona against Arsenal`s fierce north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Wembley Cup tomorrow evening and the French international believes that his former manager is more than capable of working with a shoestring budget.
"Arsene and Arsenal have proven so many times they can win without spending a lot of money," Henry added.
"People talk about the top four but the only thing that matters to me is who is going to be top and I know that’s how Arsene sees it as well."