The Premier League is entering the final and crucial stages of the season, with Leicester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City looking to battle it out for the title.
Thierry Henry won the Premier League crown twice with the Gunners, during the 2001/2002 and 2003/2004 seasons.
The French former top striker was asked to pick his best XI from the current top four, and seemed to love mostly players from league leaders Leicester and his former club Arsenal.
Henry picked an attacking 4-4-2 formation and picked Gunners’ goal keeper Petr Cech. The Czech has kept 12 clean sheets this season, one more than City’s Joe Hart and three more than, among others, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris.
At the back, Henry looks at Leicester’s Robert Huth and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny to defend the middle. The German has been the Foxes’ rock all season, while also scoring three goals. The same amount as his French partner here. They edge out City’s Vincent Kompany and Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen.
At left-back, Henry picks Leicester’s Christian Fuchs, who’s “having an amazing season”. At right-back, Henry didn’t hesitate to put in Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin. “I think he’s the best right-back in the league,” the Frenchman said of the Spaniard.
In midfield, he opts for Leicester’s N’Golo Kante to control the pace and win over possession. The 24-year-old reminds Henry of former Chelsea star Claude Makelele, picking him over Tottenham’s Eric Dier.
Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez and Tottenham’s Deli Alli are Henry’s choices on the wing. “Mahrez is my player of the season. He entertains, he scores, assists… He does it all”, the 39-year-old said, while praising Alli for his work rate.
Arsenal’s assist leader Mesut Ozil is Henry’s playmaker. “What more can I say about Ozil? He scores goals but it’s the way he takes care of the ball.”
Upfront, he picks Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and City’s Sergio Aguero. Vardy is leading the league with 18 goals, while the Argentinian has hit the net 14 times this season. “If he wasn’t there, I don’t think Man City would be in the top four. I’d say they’d be far away,” said Henry, who picked Aguero over Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
Leicester are leading the way after 25 matches, gaining 53 points. Tottenham and Arsenal share second place with 48 points, while Man City are sitting in fourth place with 47 points.
Thierry Henry’s picked his top four combined XI…thoughts?
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