Henry: I thought Wenger abuse was a joke

The Arsenal hero was astonished to find out that the manager was insulted after a 3-2 away defeat by Stoke City in December and laments that it has got to such a point

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says that he could not believe that some of the club’s fans had abused Arsene Wenger after their 3-2 defeat at Stoke City in December, initially believing it was a joke.

The Gunners were beaten at the Britannia Stadium after going three goals down by half-time in a nightmare display and some supporters were caught on video aiming jeers and insults at Wenger as he and the team boarded a train home.

Henry, who ended his playing career after New York Red Bulls’ season came to a close in 2014, was horrified by the reception to such a key figure in the team’s recent history.

“I thought it was a joke when I first heard about it,” he told The Independent.

“You can be upset, I totally understand that but, when I saw what had happened at Stoke, it was totally unnecessary. Fans do have a voice but that was out of order.

“But in the game we have at the moment that, unfortunately, is the way it is.”

Arsenal extracted some revenge on Sunday when they beat Stoke 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the reverse fixture, with Laurent Koscielny and two Alexis Sanchez goals securing a comfortable win.

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