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Arsenal icon Thierry Henry admits it is ‘painful’ for him to see Arsene Wenger struggling so much at the club this season.
The Frenchman signed a new two-year deal at the end of last season but is under increasing pressure after a nightmare start to 2018.
The Gunners began the year with a shock FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest and remain 10 points adrift of the top four in the Premier League following the 3-0 loss to Manchester City, who beat the Gunners by the same scoreline in the EFL Cup final just days earlier.
Many Arsenal fans stayed away on Thursday and Henry, who won two Premier League titles under Wenger, expressed his sadness after Arsenal’s seventh defeat of 2018.
“The man has been more than magnificent for this club and everyone knows how magnificent he has been for me,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports following the match.
“So it pains me to see this situation, for the man.
“I was expecting a response today – some pride and passion. But it didn’t happen.
“I feel sad because this is the club that I love and a man I have a lot of respect for.
“You’re kind of lost for words. You get upset and you have a go but tonight…”