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Thierry Henry on THAT handball vs Ireland, coaching, Arsenal, Wenger and Messi

Speaking to Canal +, former Arsenal superstar Thierry Henry discussed a number of topics including Lionel Messi, Arsenal, Wenger and more.

On England…

“Cantona, he was the boss. In England, they don’t have a problem with people who have a bit of character, to be frank. You play well? Well ok. They might even adore you more when you are a guy who says things that he shouldn’t maybe say. I know what I know how to do and what I don’t know how to do. I have confidence in my abilities and my qualities. It is not arrogant, it is confident.” 

On THAT handball vs Ireland and Lionel Messi…

“All those Irishmen, I was playing against them at the time. The only thing that I said was ‘yes, I handballed it, I am sorry.’ Robbie Keane said to me ‘I have no problem with you’. I faced the press that night. I could have said ‘no, I am not going to talk to them’ but I went anyway. Yes I had a bad reflex. But when Lionel Messi scored against Espanyol with his hand, he dives onto it and everybody sees it. People then said ‘Extraordinary, genius Messi. He is becoming more and more like Maradona’ and for me, it was like I had killed somebody.”

On Arsenal…

“If I am in my dreams, I would say to myself that I would like to come back to Arsenal. But life doesn’t work like that. I know football, but will I be able to educate someone. I don’t know yet. I just want to learn how. I am preparing myself, that is it. After that, I don’t know if I will have the opportunity or not. I became an Arsenal fan and I truly love Arsenal so yes I would like to succeed Wenger but I am not there, so, calm yourselves down.”


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