Thierry Henry sees similarities between Arsenal and how Jurgen Klopp grew Liverpool

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has pointed out some promising similarities between the Gunners current side and Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.

Mikel Arteta’s men have made an underwhelming start to the season, and are sitting down in 10th going into Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa.

However, they did pick up silverware in the form of the FA Cup and the Community Shield over the summer.

And there are real signs of long-term improvement under Arteta, with many believing they have the credentials of a top four side again.

One of those who has watched keenly is former Gunners striker Henry, who says that his old club have managed to forge an “identity” in a similar vein to the way Jurgen Klopp completely revamped Liverpool into the best side in the world.

Mikel Arteta has been hailed by Arsenal fans for his job so far as manager
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Henry told CBS Sports: “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 was a hell of a manager.”

Henry says Arteta is following a similar path to Jurgen Klopp

Assessing Arsenal’s recent managerial appointments, he added: “So now it was Unai Emery and now Mikel Arteta.

“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 Ozil case and other cases, but that doesn’t happen overnight.

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