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Wenger will get it right - Henry


Henry left Arsenal to join Barcelona in June 2007

Former Arsenal captain Thierry Henry has backed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to construct a strong team this season, even if some faces will be unfamiliar.

Matthieu Flamini, Alexander Hleb and Gilberto Silva have left, while only Premier League newcomers Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey have been signed.

But Henry remains confident Wenger will be able to get a new-look side to gel.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "Arsene always does it somehow. And hopefully they will win silverware next season."

The Gunners will have to do it with considerably less experience in their squad.

Brazil midfielder Gilberto, 31, left for Panathinaikos, Hleb, 27, joined Barcelona and Flamini, 24, sealed a switch to AC Milan.

And so far this season, Wenger has only brought in 21-year-old winger Nasri from Marseille and Ramsey, 17, who played in the Championship last season with Cardiff.

But Henry pointed to Wenger's knack of unearthing little-known players and making them stars - the French striker was himself transformed under his compatriot after a torrid time in Italy with Juventus.


Henry added: "I don't know how Arsene does it when he brings in some players who make people think I don't know if they are going to be ok'.

"People wonder if Arsenal are going to do anything.

"But suddenly, like last year, everyone starts raving about how Arsenal are playing and what a great team they are.

"Unfortunately for them they were really close but did not win anything last season.

"Hopefully this time they can bring some silverware back to the Emirates."

Wenger has stated that he will definitely make one more signing in the close season.

And it could be that he will need to buy a striker to replace Emmanuel Adebayor, who still refuses to commit his future to the club amid speculation he will join AC Milan or Barcelona.

see also
Barca star impressed by Scotland
22 Jul 08 |  Internationals
Gilberto moves to Panathinaikos
17 Jul 08 |  Arsenal
Wenger 'certain to make signing'
19 Jul 08 |  Arsenal
Nasri completes move to Arsenal
11 Jul 08 |  Arsenal
Ramsey completes Arsenal switch
13 Jun 08 |  Arsenal
Flamini seals switch to AC Milan
05 May 08 |  Arsenal

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