Thierry Henry hopes Arsenal can go on to win the Premier League title

FA Cup victory could be catalyst for greater success at the Emirates

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Arsenal's FA Cup final victory can be the springboard for a Premier League title challenge next season, says the club's leading all-time scorer Thierry Henry.

The Frenchman also believes ending the Gunner's nine-year wait for silverware has lifted the pressure from the shoulders of manager Arsene Wenger.

"Now Arsene is going to be able to work with his team without having to answer everytime 'when are you going to bring some silverware back?' so that's something that he can put on the side," he told the Evening Standard at the premiere of Beats ‘The Game Before The Game'.

Henry believes Arsenal's 3-2 Wembley win over Hull can be a platform for further success, likening it to his own experience of winning the FA Cup with Arsenal in 2002.

The New York Red Bulls striker added: "As a competitor and a fan myself you want more. You want that team to go further. I remember the beginning of my Arsenal career we struggled for the first two years and then we won the FA Cup.

"We carried on and we became successful so hopefully they can do the same thing. As you can imagine as an Arsenal fan I was pretty happy that day."


Henry, who will use the two week MLS break this month to work as a pundit for the BBC at the World Cup, spoke of his excitement for Wenger's current crop of players.

He continued: "I think this team has talent - it goes without saying. When you see the season that Aaron Ramsey had, you can wonder what could have happened if he didn't get injured but you also have to be honest, Manchester City could say the same thing about Kun Ageuro and the list goes on."

"As an Arsenal fan when you see Santi Cazorla play when you see, in a different way, Laurent Koscielny play - he is more of a hard worker, playing hard and when you see guys like Mesut Ozil, you can see Arsenal has a good future - but you have to back it up with something. We will be here to support to make sure they bring something but I have no doubts about the quality of the team that they have and hopefully  they can build on winning the the FA Cup and winning the title because that is what everybody is waiting for."

Arsenal celebrate winning the FA Cup last month


Henry is one of Arsenal's most decorated players, winning two league titles and three FA Cups during his time at the club. His dazzling eight year spell at the club was commemorated in 2011 when Arsenal erected a statue in his honour at the Emirates Stadium, and the 36 year-old has still has much affection for the Gunners.

Thierry Henry was speaking at the Beats ‘The Game Before The Game’ screening premiere.