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08-Nov-2020, 12:44 am

Henry sees Arteta following Klopp model at Arsenal & says success won’t come ‘overnight’

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Mikel Arteta should be allowed to follow the Jurgen Klopp model of management at Arsenal, says Thierry Henry, with the Gunners legend pointing out that success will not arrive “overnight”.

After 22 years working the legendary Arsene Wenger, two changes in the dugout have been made at Emirates Stadium since the summer of 2018.

The most recent of those, which came a little over a year ago, saw Arteta take over from fellow Spaniard Unai Emery, who failed to make an impact during his time at the club.

The former Arsenal captain has fared admirably in his first managerial role, with optimism building again in north London.

There are, however, no quick fixes to be found and Gunners great Henry hopes the current coaching team will be given time to get things right – as Klopp was at Premier League champions Liverpool.

The iconic Frenchman told CBS Sports: “It's not easy to go after Arsene Wenger. It's not easy at all. With Mikel, I see that the passion is back, a certain happiness is back, he gives them a good solidity.

“Now he needs to deal with Mesut Ozil case and other cases, but that doesn't happen overnight.

“When you're in a team with someone, you need to make sure you can clear some stuff, because it just doesn't happen overnight.

“So he needs to bring in players, he needs to fit his system, and that takes time. And on top of that, this league takes even more time because the competition is crazy.”

Henry, who remains Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer, added: “First and foremost you can see an identity and togetherness. Like I always say, a game is long, to build a team, doesn't happen just like that overnight.

“I always use Klopp as an example. I remember when he first arrived he couldn't hold a lead. It took him years to be a competitive team.

“Now, everybody respects what he does and rightly so because he is a hell of a manager.”

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