Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has opened up about the reason he left Arsenal to Barcelona.
In an interview with BeIN Sport, Henry said it was uncertainty of Arsene Wenger’s future at the club that forced him to choose to go to Barcelona.
Henry said, “You need to know that the team that was invincible had all left. I was 29, I didn’t think about leaving Arsenal. I was thinking with my level I only have 4/5 years left at top European level.
At the time I didn’t know if Arsène was staying. It wasn’t easy. When I left Arsenal I cried. I didn’t want to leave, but my competitive edge meant that I had to leave.
To enter into the history of Barcelona is difficult, but we did it as a team. We won all 6 cups.”
Considering that he had a close relationship with Arsene, it is hard to believe the manager wouldn’t have told him whether he would stay or not. And now Wenger has continued till then, with 2 more years left in contract.
He went on to talk about how he actually signed for Arsenal.
Henry said, “I was playing a game against Udinese to decide who would get EURO Cup. We played, I took the plane home. On the plane, I was sitting next to Arsène. Life is strange like that. What he told me, convinced me.
I said to Arsène, I don’t want to stay at Juve and he said the one club I wanted to join, would like to is Arsenal. The rest is history.”
He also spoke about his return to Arsenal from MLS.
Henry said, “Whenever it was winter break in the MLS, I came back to train with them. The fitness trainers they were like, you’re in good condition Thierry!
And then one day, the boss said, “Thierry, do you want to come back?” I would have always said yes, but I wanted to know what for. To help the youngsters, to play?”
Speaking about the goal he scored against Leeds, he said, “I have never had a chance to score a goal as a fan. With the history I had here, I came back as a fan. I have never exploded (in celebration) like that. I have never had a reaction like that.”
He continued, ““Football has given so much to me, I want to give back. Even if it is a kid in the park who needs advice. Anywhere. Sometimes people think of football and think only of Champions League, World Cup. There is so much more to football.”