EPL : Arsene Wenger hit back at Thierry Henry’s claims
Arsene Wenger hit back at Thierry Henry’s claim that Arsenal fans have never been as angry as they were following Wednesday’s shock home defeat by Swansea.
The Gunners players and manager were booed off by their own fans following the match as they missed the chance to close the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester.
Henry, who attended the match and is a regular at the club’s training ground due to his coaching role with the academy, was scathing in his criticism.
But Wenger questioned his ability to gauge the supporters’ mood, saying: ‘Thierry Henry has his opinions. He has not found the measurement of the fans’ angryness, of 60,000 people straight away, because he sits in the best seats of the stadium.’
Wenger’s comments are reminiscent of Roy Keane’s rant in 2000, when the then Manchester United captain said Old Trafford supporters who had a ‘few drinks’ and ‘prawn sandwiches’ didn’t know what was going on out on the pitch.
Arsenal’s record goalscorer had written in The Sun: ‘I have never heard the Arsenal supporters as angry as they were at the Emirates on Wednesday night.
‘They were less patient than I have ever known, booed one of the manager’s substitutions and groaned every time a pass went astray or a tackle was lost.’
The row between Arsenal’s record goalscorer and their greatest ever manager came on the eve of today’s crucial north London derby against second-placed Tottenham.
The Gunners, in third position, trail their rivals by three points, who are themselves three points behind Leicester and defeat for Wenger’s side could prove a fatal blow to their title hopes.
Spurs striker Harry Kane cranked up the pressure on their rivals by admitting his team are feeding off Arsenal’s recent poor form.
‘But we know what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to keep winning games.’
Kane recalled the buzz last weekend when Tottenham came from behind to beat Swansea and Arsenal’s defeat by Manchester United flashed up on the big screen at White Hart Lane.
‘You see when the Arsenal scoreline comes up and everyone has a big roar,’ Kane said. ‘It’s important. You feel that energy around the stadium.
‘We are doing all we can to give the fans back what they want to see. The fans have been amazing. The atmosphere was unbelievable [against Swansea].
‘The more they lose and the more we win, it’s going to be better for us. Whether it’s Arsenal, Manchester City or Leicester.
Tottenham missed out on going top on Wednesday as they were beaten by West Ham and Kane, who has scored just two goals from open play since Boxing Day, looked tired.
The 22-year-old has been forced to wear a protective mask after suffering a broken nose against Crystal Palace that required surgery and Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is worried it is affecting his striker, adding: ‘He is not a machine. He’s playing with a mask. Sometimes it can disturb you.’
Arsenal have their own injury concerns and will be without goalkeeper Petr Cech today after he suffered a calf injury when sprinting back from an injury-time corner on Wednesday night.
Source : UK Daily Mail