Thierry Henry says he is pleased he decided to stay at Arsenal and is confident the club can challenge for honours this season.
The French striker signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal this summer, ending months of uncertainty over his future.
“I said if I did wait that long leaving was maybe on my mind but you have to understand and be in my position, when you go out there it was so difficult to leave. I just love the club, as simple as that,” Henry told Reuters.
Henry is looking for Arsenal to mount a stiff challenge to champions Chelsea this season.
“We have to do what we can to catch them,” he said.
“People just link Chelsea with money, but they have won the league back to back because they are a good team.
“They play well as a team, they fight for each other.
“Some players left obviously but we have a lot of young talent,” said Henry. “Trying to do the same run in the Champions League won’t be easy but we have the anger to go back there again and the desire.
“Since that (Champions League quarter final) win at Madrid you saw another Arsenal team, the way we finished the season and the way we had that run in the Champions League was amazing so I think we can carry on like that.”