Thierry Henry: With Mesut Ozil, Arsenal can go on and win the Premier League this season

Legendary striker does not fear a slump in the second half of the season

Arsenal great Thierry Henry has dismissed suggestions that the club will collapse during the second half of the season, and has faith in manager Arsene Wenger and £42.5m record signing Mesut Ozil to lead the Gunners to their first Premier League title in 10 years.

Henry, who now plays in the MLS in America for New York Red Bulls, was an integral part of that 'Invincibles' side in 2003/04, which went unbeaten throughout the whole season. The Frenchman scored a record 228 goals in all competitions in two spells for the club.

"I can say right now that everybody is expecting Arsenal to collapse, just as they were expecting it earlier in the season. But they didn't," Henry told goal.com at a Puma launch event in Barcelona . "They are still somehow keeping up the pace in the Premier League, and every time they have been in a situation where they have to answer back to Man City and Chelsea, they have done it.

"Hopefully, they can carry on doing that. As an Arsenal man and a fan of the club, I want them to carrying on doing that the whole way and make sure they can win the league.

"The future will tell us if they are good enough, but right now for me, they are."

The 36-year-old is no stranger to the Gunners' current side either, he has been training with the squad in the MLS off-season while he builds up his fitness, and has particularly been impressed with Ozil, who joined from Real Madrid in the last transfer window.

"With his calmness, his quality on the ball, his vision, he is a great player and can give an assist at any moment," Henry said of Ozil.

"He also has the quality and capacity to score goals at any moment, so it’s always great to have a player like that around in the dressing room on a daily basis, and at the weekend at the game."

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