By Rob Kelly
Thierry Henry believes Arsenal have what it takes to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season – but he accepts it will be a major battle.
The Gunners lie in fifth spot after climbing the table in recent months and they have never finished out of the Champions League qualification places during Arsène Wenger’s 15-year tenure.
With at least six teams realistically battling for four places, Henry acknowledges the size of the task ahead but says the way Arsenal have responded to adversity fills him with confidence.
"We obviously don't want to be out of the top four. There's going to be a hell of a competition this year to be in it,” he said.
"But I do think this team has what it takes to be in it, if you think about the way the team has come back from the beginning of the season.
"The team is slowly getting into form. Again, we lost a full back against Leeds [Francis Coquelin] and we can do without injuries. That will help a lot.
"But it is what it is. We still had to win a game out there against Leeds and it happened.”
Premier League new boys Swansea are next up for Arsenal on Sunday and Henry admits he admires Brendan Rodgers’ side.
"Swansea are an amazing team. I've been more than impressed with them, they play football the right way, they're dangerous, they play with two great wingers and we know it's going to be a difficult game for us,” he said.Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 10 Jan 2012