, Thierry Henry speaks out on Arsenal protests: ‘The fans will decide the future’, The Nzuchi Times

Thierry Henry speaks out on Arsenal protests: ‘The fans will decide the future’

Thierry Henry has broken his silence on the growing fan pressure against Stan Kroenke’s Arsenal ownership and revealed that he no longer recognises the club where he became a legend.

During an exclusive interview with Telegraph Sport, Henry spoke passionately about the fall-out from Arsenal’s inclusion and withdrawal from the European Super League, why supporters must be listened to and why he backs the thousands of fans who protested outside the Emirates on Friday night.

Arsenal’s record goalscorer, Henry has never previously commented on the ownership of the club but he felt moved to go on the record following the events of the past week.

“This club belongs to the fans, I love the club and I will support the club until I die, but I do not recognise my club and what happened just now, with them trying to join a league that would have been closed, makes no sense to me,” said Henry. 

“They have been running the club like a company, not a football club, and they showed their hand. Maybe it’s a lack of understanding of the core football values and maybe the money was too big of a temptation. But whatever it was, they got it wrong. Badly wrong.

, Thierry Henry speaks out on Arsenal protests: ‘The fans will decide the future’, The Nzuchi Times

“I was genuinely shocked like most people and couldn’t believe what was unfolding. I have never talked before, but what happened recently made me realise fans, this is your club. It is your club and I’m an Arsenal fan too. I’m proud of what the fans achieved. Not just Arsenal fans, all the fans. The result was a victory for football.”

, Thierry Henry speaks out on Arsenal protests: ‘The fans will decide the future’, The Nzuchi Times


Arsenal fans turned up in their droves outside the Emirates to protest against the owners


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On the protests and whether or not the Kroenkes should bow to fan pressure and sell Arsenal, Henry said: “Fans always decide, as you saw with the ESL. You have to listen to the fans and I can understand why they protested. 

“The ESL didn’t happen because of the fans. Not only me, you and the fans said it was wrong, they (the owners) also said it was wrong. They showed their hand and that was disappointing. 

“I remember when I arrived, not the Tottenham fans or our rivals, but a lot of the time I used to hear, ‘My second team, if I had to pick one, is Arsenal’, because of the history, the culture, the class, the family. But I don’t hear that or see that anymore and it pains me. We need to get that image back. We need our identity back.”

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