LONDON: Arsenal idol Thierry Henry insists the Gunners can still win the Premier League next season - despite another the exodus to Emirates.
The club's most prolific striker, however, admits he is talking with his heart rather than his head.
It is two years since the man voted the greatest Arsenal player of all time left the club for Barcelona.
But the pain he feels at their failure to win a trophy since 2005 remains as intense as ever.
Now Henry is praying manager Arsene Wenger can end that long wait despite battling just to hang on to his top stars.
Arsenal have already lost striker Emmanuel Adebayor to Manchester City for 25 million pounds and defender Kolo Toure is set to follow him to Eastlands any day now.
"I know the way Arsene Wenger thinks and he will not go into the new season with ambitions to finish in the top four again. His only target will be to win the Premier League. And despite all that has happened at Arsenal this year, I still believe they have enough quality to do that. It is difficult for me to talk about Arsenal. Whenever I do, it is always with my heart, not my head," Henry said.
"So it is going to be a difficult task for Arsenal this time and it is vital that everyone keeps the faith. The reason I say that is because the boss still has great faith in his players and if there is one man who Arsenal can trust to do the right thing, it's Arsene Wenger," he added.
"He is the man who has put Arsenal on to the European map. Nobody else could have achieved what he has done there. The fans should remember that and give him more credit. Some people gave him a hard time last season and he didn't deserve that," Henry said.
Henry, 31, scored a club-record 226 goals in 370 games for Arsenal, winning the Premier League twice and FA Cup three times.
He was voted Footballer of the Year three times and the PFA's Player of the Year twice as well as finishing top scorer in the Premier League in four of his eight seasons at Arsenal.
Abis baca artikel ini yang kepikiran dalam benakku itu pasti ada sesuatu di balik kepergian Henry. Keliatan banget d doi masih cinta banget ma Arsenal. Masih gag rela nerima kenyataan klo dy udah gag di Arsenal lagi. Arsenal boleh kehilangan fisiknya tapi enggag buat hati The King. We still have it,,
Waktu kehilangan Ade aku mikirnya Ade gag jauh beda ma Hleb n Fla yang ninggalin Arsenal gara2 uang. Tapi waktu kepergian Toure? Adakah unsur pengorbanan atas semua ini?
Arsenal kan udah di take over ma y****2 kaya itu. Tapi knapa masih aja kayak kekurangan uang buat mempertahankan pemain2 berkualitasnya? Ada apa dibalik Arsenal? Apa yang megang Arsenal itu y****2 pelit? Huhu,,
Apapun itu, kayak kata Henry,
"So it is going to be a difficult task for Arsenal this time and it is vital that everyone keeps the faith. The reason I say that is because the boss still has great faith in his players and if there is one man who Arsenal can trust to do the right thing, it's Arsene Wenger”
In Arsene we trust! Tapi sampe kapan kami terus diliputi rasa kebingungan ini?
It is difficult for me to talk about Arsenal. Whenever I do, it is always with my heart, not my head,, I really like this quote,,