Thierry Henry reveals details behind Arsenal departure

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Thierry Henry revealed why he left Arsenal whilst taking part in an interview the Graham Norton show.

The legendary striker left the Gunners in 2007 after an incredibly successful spell that saw him become the club's record goal scorer.

At the time, Henry was captain of the team and was expected to help the club during a difficult transitional phase.

Henry says that while it was a difficult decision to leave Arsenal, he does not regret doing so.

Speaking on the BBC One show, he said: “I wanted to be in a competitive team and I thought at the time that the way the club was going wasn’t the way that I was seeing it,”

"It was hard and I cried - it wasn't an easy thing to do. But the team wasn't going the way I wanted it to. I don't regret leaving."

In typically hilarious fashion, Lee Mack, who was also starring on the show then proceeded to grill Henry on the specifics.

Asking which signings Henry thought were not good enough, he said: "Was it Bendtner [who made you leave]?

"It might not have been, I’m just asking."

Years of batting away journalists questions prepared Henry for the awkward question.

He simply replied by saying:  "I didn’t play with Bendtner."

Another surprising revelation was Henry's admission that he would love to manage Arsenal one day but only after Arsene Wenger has left.

"The thing is I have so much respect for Arsene, and if it does happen eventually, one day, it is going to have to be after him," he said.

"I don’t actually want to talk about it right now because he is doing such a great job, but hopefully after him, yes.”

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