The Premier League title race is now between five clubs but neither Chelsea nor Leicester City make it to the list, according to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The former Arsenal striker also believes his former team have slipped up in their mission to win their first Premier league trophy since 2004 after some poor performances.

While half of the season almost complete, Henry suggests defending champions Chelsea would have been with double-figure points advantage at the summit if they managed to replicate last season’s performance.

“For me, the teams in contention are Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and maybe Liverpool,” Henry stated in his column for The Sun.

“Chelsea should not even be in the conversation. If they get back into the top four it will prove nothing more than how poorly the top teams are doing.

“If Chelsea had played like they did last year they would be 10 points clear now, with one hand already on the trophy.

“But every time a team has had the opportunity to take charge at the top, they have wasted it.”

However, Arsenal was at the top of the table after 10 games but since then dropped to fourth position, with Henry said Wenger’s team must capitalise on the chances they have.

“If they are going to win their first Premier League since 2004 [Arsenal] can’t let any more opportunities slip through their fingers,” former arsenal star further said.

“If they had beaten Spurs and West Brom like they should have done, they would be three points clear at the top.

“Instead they are fourth and have squandered five points which could prove decisive in the end.

“They have also allowed Tottenham back into the dogfight and given belief to Liverpool they might still have a chance.”

Thierry Henry earlier also criticized Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger saying that he needs to be a bit more careful with how he manages Chilean star Alexis Sanchez.

Before the match against Norwich last weekend, Arsenal legend pointed out the importance of keeping your players fresh throughout the season and said he thought Arsene Wenger would take Sanchez off when the Gunners were leading by 3-0 against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday in the Champions League.

 

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