Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has decided to public with a very strong criticism of the section of Gunners fans who abused manager Arsene Wenger following last month's 3-2 defeat to Stoke City, branding their behaviour as totally unacceptable.
Wenger was met with a torrent of abuse at Stoke-on-Trent train station following a first-half capitulation at the Britannia Stadium, barracked by his own supporters with foul abuse that arguably marked the low point of his near two-decade spell in charge of the club.
Henry was clearly appalled with the way his mentor was treated, telling The Times that Arsenal fans who barracked Wenger were bang out of order and went completely the wrong way about expressing their frustration with a poor performance and result.
Henry on the warpath
In an interview conducted at the Ballon d'Or awards in Zurich the club's all-time top goalscorer said: “I thought it was a joke. You can be upset, I totally understand that. But when I saw what happened at Stoke I was like, ‘That’s totally unnecessary’.
"Fans do have a voice, I totally understand that, but what I saw after the Stoke City game was out of order. You can express that you are upset, but to do it in that way was a bit too much. But in the game at the moment unfortunately that is the way it is.”
Relationship with fans at risk?
Henry has previously shied away from discussing unrest between Wenger and a growing section of Arsenal fans, out of respect for both and surely in an effort not to harm his relationship with the Gunners faithful.
The 226-goal Arsenal legend has put himself in a position where that stance has become close to impossible though, after signing a lucrative deal to join Sky Sports as a pundit.
Arsenal's daunting trip to defending champions Manchester City this Sunday marks the start of Henry's stint on the Sky sofa, which will put the French superstar in a very interesting position.
If Arsenal capitulate again on the road will Henry offer a forthright opinion on Wenger's flaws, or will he aim to be diplomatic. The 37-year-old is a fiery character who consistently phoned journalists to debate an article he disagreed with, so you have to feel his brand of analysis will include the former.
The man with a statue outside the Emirates has expressed a desire to one day manage Arsenal though, so he may have to think twice before sounding off on all things Arsenal during the length of his time at Sky.
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