Thierry Henry confirms Arsenal departure on Twitter

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Thierry Henry's love affair with Arsenal has officially come to an end.

After scoring 175 goals for the club across two spells and taking over as a youth coach upon his retirement, the Frenchman's time in north London is up.

Arsene Wenger was the man behind the decision after telling Henry he couldn't juggle a proposed Under-18's coaching role with Sky Sports punditry.


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His departure marks a sad day for all those involved with Arsenal.

Predictably, Henry has released a statement on leaving his beloved club - and it's sheer class.

In the below tweets, he expresses his gratitude to Wenger, Andries Jonker and Kwame Ampadu before wishing Arsenal luck heading into next season.

The 38-year-old said: "I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18's @arsenal, which I was honoured to accept.

"However, I respect Arsene Wenger's decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season."

Wonderfully put, I think you'll agree. Clearly there is no love lost between Henry and Wenger despite the latter effectively axing Arsenal's greatest ever player.

There might be a more sinister reason behind Wenger's decision, though, with reports suggesting he didn't want someone at the club who could potentially challenge him for the role of Arsenal manager.

It's all speculation, of course, but one Arsenal fan who was far from happy with Henry's departure was Piers Morgan.

The much-maligned TV personality publicly slammed Wenger for a call he feels the Frenchman could live to regret.

He said: "So disgusted by Arsenal manager's treatment of Thierry Henry. Thierry will now go to a rival club to coach their young players. Ridiculous."

Brutal, but Morgan raises a valid point: Henry is one of football's greatest ever finishers and could impart a lot of experience on those he coaches, so why get rid of him?

Safe to say, Wenger has some answering to do. Henry's departure will be the least of the veteran's worries, though, with the 2016/17 Premier League season fast approaching.

Wenger has made just one big-name signing so far this summer - Granit Xhaka - with a further one or two additions needed.

A new striker is by and large what Arsenal fans want at the Emirates Stadium, with Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata, Alexandre Lacazette and Gonzalo Higuain all linked with multi-million moves.

It's difficult to anticipate how Wenger will approach what's left of the summer transfer window with some reports claiming discussions are underway to sign Lacazette, while others suggest Higuain is Arsenal's top target.

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