Clichy attempted to head the ball back to his teammate but came close to scoring an embarrassing own goal.
However, the French full-back’s blushes were spared as the ball narrowly rolled past Hart’s far post. This prompted the English goalkeeper to laugh - probably out of relief more than anything - but Henry wasn’t impressed with the reaction.
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From the resulting corner, Arsenal equalised courtesy of an Olivier Giroud header.
"You have to give Arsenal a lot of credit. Giroud is alert and crosses the ball but you have to wonder why Clichy is trying to give that ball back to Joe Hart,” Henry said on Sky Sports after the match, per the Mirror.
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"I cannot understand it really. You find yourself in the situation now where you put Arsenal in the position to have a corner kick and maybe score.
"The reaction of Joe Hart there - why are you laughing? Why are you laughing? You gave them a cheap corner.
"You can see him (Hart) actually saying 'away', 'away'. So Clichy should clear that ball, he's trying to be clever.
"But I can assure you, I played with Jens Lehmann, if you do that to him he would've grabbed you by the collar of your neck and let you know what he thinks about you.
"And what happened after? They score. I know Giroud didn't score for 15 games but his heading is one of his best attributes. For me I think it's just really poor."
Harsh on Joe Hart?
A little harsh on Hart? Some people on Twitter certainly thought so…
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Bad result for Manchester City
However, it was undoubtedly a bad goal for City to concede. Not only the comical manner in which they conceded the corner, but also the non-existent marking on Giroud.
Kevin De Bruyne put the hosts back ahead with a fine solo goal in the early stages of the second half, but Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal a point with a goal 20 minutes before full-time.
Sunday’s result means Manchester City are now in danger of missing out on a top-four finish.
If Manchester United win their final two fixtures against West Ham and Bournemouth, they will pip their local rivals to the final Champions League place.
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