Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has said that he can no longer recognize the club he made his home. His statement comes after the club’s failed attempt to join the European Super League. Arsenal withdrew from the breakaway league 48 hours after their announcement that they were one of the founding members of the league.
The announcement led to backlash from the Arsenal fans the world over calling for a change of ownership. Thousands of fans were present outside the stadium protesting ahead of the 1-0 loss to Everton. This was the first time in 25 years where an Arsenal side has lost to Everton on home turf.
“I do not recognize my club and what happened just now, with them trying to join a league that would have been closed, makes no sense to me,” Arsenal legend Thierry Henry said. “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.”
“I was genuinely shocked like most people and couldn’t believe what was unfolding,” he added. “I have never talked before, but what happened recently made me realize fans, this is your club. It is your club and I’m an Arsenal fan too. ‘m proud of what the fans achieved. Not just Arsenal fans, all the fans. The result was a victory for football.”
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke revealed that they had no intention of selling the club. They believe that they are the right people to take the club forward. Arsenal is currently enduring a calamitous season lying 10th in the table. If things don’t change, this will be Arsenal’s worst season since 1994/95 where they finished 12th.
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