LONDON // Arsenal legend Thierry Henry urged his former team to find some consistency if they want to challenge for Premier League honours.
The club have won the FA Cup in back-to-back seasons, beating Aston Villa 4-0 in the final last month, but finished third in the league as they once again came up short.
Arsenal have not put in a strong title challenge since they last won the competition in 2004.
Henry feels their Cup successes, which came following a nine-year trophy drought, shows they have the ability, but what is lacking is consistency.
“It’s a difficult task to win the FA Cup back-to-back, but they have done that,” he told Arsenal Player.
“You could see right from the start (against Villa) that Arsenal were going to win the game, and that made it easier for us fans to watch – it was less nerve-racking than the year before.
“So the progress is there, now what we are waiting for is the consistency in the league because that is very important. That is where you can judge a team, in the league.
“Having said that, our generation started by winning the cup and went on to win a double and stayed unbeaten -- that is all I can hope for this group to do.”
Henry won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup three times and reached the Champions League final in 2004 during his eight-year spell in North London.
Wilshere fined £40,000 for anti-Spurs chants
Arsenal star Jack Wilshere was fined £40,000 on Wednesday and warned over his future conduct after being charged with making controversial remarks about rival club Tottenham.
The 23-year-old England player had taken to the microphone and led fans in two crude chants about their arch rivals during an open-top bus parade, a day after Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final last month.
“Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been fined £40,000 and severely warned as to his future conduct after admitting to a charge of misconduct,” said a statement released by the Football Association.
“Wilshere was found guilty of making and/or inciting certain comments during the club’s open bus trophy tour after their FA Cup Final victory, with his conduct deemed to be improper and bringing the game into disrepute.”
Wilshere, who came through Arsenal’s youth system, had already expressed regret over his behaviour.
“Sharing back2back Cup wins with so many amazing Gooners is a dream come true. Apologies if I upset or offended any of u with my celebrations,” he tweeted in the aftermath of the incident.
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