Arsenal legend hits out at Arsene Wenger for treatment of Thierry Henry
By Tom Blackburn
Emmanuel Petit has questioned why Arsene Wenger has been so unhelpful to former Arsenal stars aiming to develop their coaching careers at the club.
Thierry Henry has become the latest in a long line of club legends who have been forced to leave Emirates Stadium after Wenger proved reluctant to have him on board in a coaching capacity.
Petit claims that his former midfield partner Patrick Vieira is also angered by his treatment by of the long-standing Arsenal manager.
“Why didn’t Arsene open the door to Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira or Tony Adams?” Petit told Sports France.
“Arsene couldn’t imagine that anyone would criticise him openly on television, never mind a former Arsenal player.
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“It is good to build statues to commemorate history but at some point you have to open the doors to help them.
“When I see Dennis Bergkamp on Ajax’s bench, it doesn’t bother me, but I remember Dennis has a son in Arsenal’s academy.
“I was with Patrick two days before he went to the USA. There was an event organised by Manchester City in January, and I was one of four players invited by Patrick.
“I spoke with Patrick for two hours and I can say, even if it will not please him, he is really disgusted by Arsenal and Arsene’s attitude.”
Thierry Henry was formerly a part of the Arsenal coaching set up, but left after Wenger demanded he give up his punditry work for Sky Sports so he could concentrate on coaching.
The striker had been offered a role as the under-18 head coach but the Wenger felt it was necessary that he gave it his full attention.
Henry refused and has since gone on to become the assistant manager of the Belgium national side, working under new boss Roberto Martinez.
Arsenal legend Vieira left the Gunners in 2005 and ended his playing career with Manchester City.
The Frenchman went on to coach City’s Under-21 side and has now landed a job as the boss of New York City in the MLS.
Vieira, Henry and Bergkamp were all part of the all-conquering Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ side that went 49 Premier League games unbeaten, while Petit left the club for Barcelona in 2000 after winning the double in 1998.
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