Thierry Henry loves Arsenal and always will do, so fans on Twitter who blasted him for posing with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League clash are clearly overreacting.
Some Arsenal supporters on Twitter reacted badly to the photo, which you can view by scrolling down this page, calling Henry a “snake” and even questioning where his loyalties lie.
While it must be noted that there were only a handful of supporters dishing out harsh comments to Henry, the Frenchman still felt the need to set the record straight regarding which of the two teams he’ll be supporting this evening.
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“It was nice to see the boys from my old club @FCBarcelona yesterday,” Henry tweeted on Tuesday morning, “but it's time to step up and make history tonight @Arsenal #COYG”.
So that’s clear, then. Henry will be cheering on Arsenal despite posing with the ‘MSN’ before tonight’s crucial match at the Emirates Stadium.
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Arsenal fans react to Henry’s original tweet
Here’s how (some) Arsenal fans reacted to Henry’s photo…
Arsenal fans react to Henry’s second tweet
And here’s how (other) Arsenal fans reacted to Henry’s comment that he will be supporting Arsenal…
Any Arsenal fan would have done the same
Henry is an Arsenal legend but the Gunners’ faithful shouldn’t forget that he also spent three successful seasons with Barcelona, where he won two La Liga titles and the Champions League.
The retired striker, who now works as a pundit for Sky Sports, knows Messi from their time working together at the Camp Nou and clearly felt this would be an ideal opportunity to get a photo with three of the best footballers of the current generation.
Any football fan in that situation would do the same - including those keyboard warriors unfairly giving grief to Henry over Twitter.
Arsenal have a real chance of winning tonight
Arsenal head into the match as the underdogs, despite having home advantage, mainly because of Barcelona’s magnificent strike force.
Messi, Suarez and Neymar have scored a combined 91 goals already this season and keeping them all at bay for 90 minutes may prove an impossible task for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.
But the Catalan giants’ defence is hardly impenetrable. Luis Enrique’s side have conceded 20 goals in La Liga this season and also shipped four during the Champions League group stages.
With the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil at their disposal, Arsenal have the players to seriously test Barcelona’s back-line.
In order to stand any realistic chance of progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals, however, Arsenal will probably need to record a win this evening.
Beating Barcelona at the Emirates is one thing; beating them at the Camp Nou quite another.
Do Arsenal stand a realistic chance of beating Barcelona? Have your say by leaving a comment below.