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Henry jumps to Wenger's defence

by Michelle Fortune , 14 February 2013

Thierry Henry does not agree with the criticism that has been aimed at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in recent months.


Wenger has come under fire from supporters over his failure to deliver a trophy in the last eight years with some sections of fans questioning whether he is the right man to lead the Gunners' forward.

Henry spent eight years working under Wenger and he does not like hearing the Frenchman coming in for such abuse, but he accepts it is part and parcel of the game.

"When you don't win, people are always going to question your work, your legacy and what you did before. It is sad, but that is the way the game is," Henry is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.

"It is difficult to hear this criticism, difficult to see, but for me the boss will always be Arsene. He's always great for me and I know what he has done for the club.

"You are always going to get judged on your last performance or what you are doing at the moment, but it is kind of hard to criticise Arsene Wenger, knowing how he has changed the club and how the team is playing right now compared to how the team was playing before."

Henry left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007 but returned for a short spell last year during the MLS off-season. It was speculated that he would sign another short-term loan deal with the Gunners this year but that was ruled out by Wenger.

The New York Red Bulls striker is keen to return to the Emirates and is hopeful that he will have the opportunity to do so in the coming years.

"All I know is that I will be involved in the game and hopefully be involved with Arsenal, because that is the heart talking there, that's the team I support," he said.

"Forget about me as a player, that's the team I support. If I can go back to the club, I would love to do it, but it's not up to me. It's more a desire than something that can be made official. I still have two years playing in New York and then I will see, but I would definitely love to be back with Arsenal."

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