- Arsene Wenger played his last home game as Arsenal manager as the Gunners thrashed Burnley 5-0 in their Premier League fixture
- The Frenchman will be stepping down as the head coach of the team at the end of this season after spending 22 years at the club
- However Gunners legend Thierry Henry was missing from Wenger's farewell match
- But, former Sky Sports pundit Richard Keys believes the former Barcelona star deliberately missed the game due to his failure to land the Arsenal managerial job
Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry was reportedly missing in Arsene Wenger’s last home game as the Gunners boss on Sunday, May 6, at the Emirates Stadium.
The north Londoners gave their outgoing coach a superb gift by thrashing Burnley 5-0 as the Frenchman bows out at the end of this season.
Before the game, Arsenal had invited every of their players that had over 100 appearances for the club – which Henry was one, but he was sighted at Manchester City covering the title presentation for Sky Sports.
Meanwhile, former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys believed the Gunners legend deliberately boycotted the manager’s celebration because he didn’t get the managerial club.
Henry is one of the coaches vying to take over from the Frenchman, who quits his position as the head coach of the team after 22 years when this season wraps up this month.
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.”
For the first time in a long while, Arsenal will not be featuring in the Champions League next season after failing to finish among top teams in England.
While they also crashed out of the Europa League tourney earlier this month, after losing 2-1 on aggregate to Atletico Madrid in the semifinal stage.
Arsene Wenger’s men trail the champions Manchester City by a massive 34 points, while they are also 11 points behind Tottenham Hotspur, and they will face Leicester City on Wednesday evening.
Henry spent about eight seasons at the Emirates Stadium and he scored 174 goals in 254 appearances for the Gunners during his stay at the club.
Before then, he had featured for AS Monaco and Juventus where he scored 23 goals in 121 matches for both sides (20 goals in 105 games for the French side between 1994 to 99, while he managed to score three goals for the Italian side).
He joined Barcelona after quitting the north London club in 2007 and scored 35 goals in 80 fixtures, after which he scored 51 goals for New York Red Bulls in 122 games for the Major League Soccer side.
Henry won two Premier Leagues, two FA Cups and two Community Shields while at Arsenal, and went ahead to win the Champions League for the first time in his career in 2009 at Barcelona.
The former France international also won two Spanish League titles among other cups during his three-season reign at the Camp Nou.
He’s currently the assistant manager of the Belgium national team and he is hoping to manage his former club some day.
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