Arsene Wenger has finally responded to Thierry Henry, following the former Gunner’s bizarrely timed criticism of our squad immediately after our goalless draw against Chelsea last week, The Guardian reports.
Whilst doing his punditry duties for Sky Sports, Henry controversially claimed that we need four players in order to challenge for the title. He specifically singled out Olivier Giroud and Mesut Özil, claiming we will not win the league with both of them in our team (via Sky Sports).
Wenger accepted Henry’s opinion regarding the number of signings we need, but objected his singling out of players and hinted that our record goalscorer would have been pressured to do that by his employers.
“I think he’s wrong,” the boss said adamantly, according to The Guardian.
“He’s paid for that. We know all the system now of the modern media, especially on TV. I know how it works. They push you to be controversial because they give you a lot of money.
“I can accept an opinion but the comment on Giroud was a bit more wrong, especially because I heard the same thing being said about Nicolas Anelka, about Thierry Henry himself and about Robin van Persie. And they all became world-class players themselves.”
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It almost felt inevitable that this situation would arise, and the first indication came on Henry’s debut appearance as a pundit whilst covering our trip to Manchester City in January.
His opening comment (via the Daily Star) following the much publicised move to Sky was: “It looks like they are a team who looks to finish fourth.”
The boss has had a number of run-ins with former players, and it seems as though his strong relationship with former protege Henry could be severely damaged should the legend succumb to the pressure and continue to voice negative opinions about the club.