Thierry Henry was talking not just as a former Arsenal player, but as a fully fledged Gooner when he spoke about the club. For him, Arsene Wenger is intrinsically linked with the Gunners, and the criticism the manager has received recently has hurt his former protege.
Henry also said that he would love to come back to the Emirates when his playing career is finished. With two years left on his contract with the New York Red Bulls, the striker has not decided on what he will do when he stops playing, but you would assume that his passion for the game will not allow him to simply walk away from it. If he does decide to go into coaching, youth development or management, then I am sure that there will be a place for him in North London.
Henry was one of Wenger’s greatest successes as a coach. He transformed the 22-year old who was struggling for influence as a winger at Juventus into one of the best strikers ever. In his eight seasons at Arsenal, Henry became the record scorer for the club, hitting 226 goals and providing almost 100 assists. It is no wonder that the player retains such a great affection for Le Prof.
“When you don’t win, people are always going to question your work, your legacy and what you did before. It is sad, but that is the way the game is.
“It is difficult to hear, difficult to see, but for me the boss will always be Arsene. He’s always great for me and I know what he’s done for the club.
“You’re always going to get judged on your last performance or what you are doing at the minute, but it is kind of hard to criticise Arsene Wenger, knowing how he has changed the club and how the team is playing right now compared to how the team was playing before.
“All I know is that I will be involved in the game and hopefully be involved with Arsenal, because that is the heart talking there. That is the team I support.
“Forget about me as a player, that’s the team I support. If I can go back to the club, I would love to do it, but it’s not up to me.”