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Sky Sports pundit Richard Keys has suggested a shock reason why Thierry Henry snubbed Arsene Wenger’s farewell.
Arsenal invited Henry, Patrick Vieira and all former players who have made 100-plus league appearances to Wenger’s final home game in charge.
Instead, the Frenchman was on Sky Sports working as a pundit for the Manchester City vs Huddersfield game, a decision which went down badly with Gunners fans.
Henry was linked with replacing Wenger as manager and Keys believes he has been snubbed for the job and that’s why he wasn’t at the match.
He tweeted: “I am staggered to see Thierry Henry in Manchester. After everything Wenger did for him – surely the right place to be today was the Emirates?
“Class Arsene. Class Arsenal – but what have you done? Be careful what you wish for…..
“The game that mattered was at Chelsea – and he should’ve been at Arsenal. No excuses. I’m guessing he’s got the hump because he didn’t get the job.”
Wenger addressed fans on the pitch after being given a rapturous reception and described the final home game of his 22-year tenure as a “very sad day”.
He said: “There are many highlights after 22 years. I think I played 840 Premier League games. Do you know how many sleepless nights that means?
“Before the game, after the game. Sometimes to make people happy is to go somewhere else. My ambition was to win with style.
“It is a very sad day for me. I came here [to the Emirates] to make the first photos and then the lorries came in when it was a deposit for the rubbish. I have worked on every single part of this stadium from your press conferences to the technical area so, of course, it’s part of myself.
“But as well it’s a day where the people that come behind me can work in good conditions. My successor inherits a team that is much better than people think it is. With the right additions this team will challenge next year.
“I have to deal with it [his departure]. You have not many guys that have managed a club of this stature for 22 years, so I have been very lucky. I will cherish every moment I was here but as well it’s a new start for me.”