Thierry Henry feels that Arsene Wenger deserved a special trophy for all that he has had to deal with in his 22-year spell at Arsenal and admitted that he harbours regrets over the way he treated his former boss in the past
The club’s record goalscorer was signed by Wenger in August 1999 from Juventus and had his career revived by his former AS Monaco boss at Highbury with the duo later winning three Premier League and two FA Cup titles together.
Henry had been criticised for refusing to attend Wenger’s Emirates Stadium farewell in favour of fulfilling his contractual obligations with Sky, but revealed that the regrets that he harbours over the departing coach actually come from his playing days.
“Unfortunately what you don’t see is the number of hours that he puts on the field and his office to make sure that team can perform,” said Henry, according to Metro.
“I know it’s a cliche thing, work and stuff, but listen: I can testify because I’m just starting. It’s hard to be a coach.
“I was a pain in the neck. Just imagine if you multiply that by the whole squad. It’s what you guys don’t see. That’s very difficult.
“I know people will tell me he has an amazing contract. That doesn’t mean he’s not a human being, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have feelings, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t go through emotion.
“I went to see him doing an interview and I asked him how he was.
“He went ‘I’m OK, we lost the other day’ and I said ‘No, I’m not talking about the game’. ‘I said ‘How are you?’. I felt bad because as a player I never went to his office to ask him how he was because I didn’t care. Nobody does care.
“The fans do not care about the well-being of the coach. You don’t ‘You go there, ‘why didn’t I play? Why am I playing on the left?’
“The fans ‘Why is he playing there’. The press ‘Why this, why that?’.
“Everything points at the boss. For that, you deserve a trophy.’