- Alexis Sanchez has defended Arsenal legend Thierry Henry
- It looked as though Henry may have advised Sanchez to join Manchester United
- Both Henry and Sanchez have since denied this on social media
- READ MORE: Alexis Sanchez immediately urges Manchester United to raid his old club after sealing transfer from Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez has come out and denied that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry advised him to leave the club and seal a transfer to rivals Manchester United this January.
The Chile international’s move to Old Trafford was confirmed earlier this week after plenty of speculation, and it’s since been speculated that Henry may have had a hand in the deal.
This arose from Sanchez’s departing message on Instagram, which made reference to a conversation he’d had with the Frenchman.
However, it seems this was not a chat directly involving his future, and Sanchez has now tweeted to clarify that Henry never told him he should leave the Emirates Stadium.
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
The 29-year-old added that he would like to see Henry return to Arsenal as a coach in the future due to his love for the Gunners.
Henry also tweeted to say he didn’t tell Sanchez to leave and insists he had no idea the deal was happening until it became clear in the press.
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
It’s certainly not the best time to be a Gooner right now so it’s little surprise to see people looking for someone to blame.
However, it does seem unlikely that Henry would screw over his old club in such a way after such great service to them during his playing days.