Alexis Sanchez has stated that Thierry Henry “never told me to leave the club” and said it was purely a personal decision.
He went on to say that Henry loves the club and that he would like to see him as manager one day.
Snchez delivered the message on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning.
I want to clarify that Henry never told me to leave the club, it was a personal decision … he LOVES the club and someday it would be nice to see him as the arsenal coach because he loves the club …
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) January 24, 2018
This follows a report in the BBC where Arsenal legend Henry denied claims that Sanchez had spoken to him about the move before he left, which had angered Arsenal fans.
Henry also took to Twitter to deny the claims personally on Tuesday.
I know I don’t need to explain this to the majority of Arsenal fans but contrary to speculation at no time did I tell Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal. I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you.
— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) January 23, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
This is all a storm in a tea cup. It seems like there has been a misunderstanding between the two players, with a conversation taking place but completely unrelated to the specific Man United move. Henry is a bone fide Arsenal legend and obviously wouldn’t do anything to harm the club. The Sanchez move could end up being great for Arsenal ironically, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan already signed from Man United and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang potentially close to an Emirates deal too.