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Thierry Henry Denies Playing A Role In Alexis Sanchez’s Departure From Arsenal

Sanchez accompanied his much publicised move to Manchester United yesterday with a statement on Instagram.

In it, while explaining his departure from Arsenal, he name-checked club legend Thierry Henry, recalling a conversation they had.

“I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day, when I asked to the Mister to be in the team, because I wanted to be a contribution. I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn.”

The line caused much consternation among a section of the Gooner faithful, with some calling for Henry’s statue to be torn down from outside the Emirates Stadium in London.

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It’s likely that Frenchman’s “same reason” for leaving was a new challenge, or indeed to win more trophies. Whether Sanchez was inferring that Henry had told him to leave the club or not was irrelevant – the damage had been done.

The reaction has compelled Henry himself to categorically state that he had no part to play in the most high-profile transfer of the month.

“I know I don’t need to explain this to the majority of Arsenal fans but contrary to speculation at no time did I tell Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal. I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you.”

The 40-year-old left Arsenal in 2007 after eight years at the club under Arsene Wenger.

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