Arsenal legend Thierry Henry says he never told Alexis Sanchez to leave the club and join Manchester United.
Sanchez has moved to Old Trafford with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way and the Chile international likened his departure to Henry's in 2007, when the Frenchman joined Barcelona, in an Instagram post thanking his former club.
Quiero agradecer al Staff Técnico, al equipo médico, a todos los compañeros con los que compartí muchas cosas lindas para el club y en especial a todas esas personas que no se ven en las portadas, pero que sin ellos nada seria posible, que son los que te preparan la comida y te cuidan día día, los que nos mantienen los zapatos limpios y campos de fútbol en las mejores condiciones para entrenar. Mil gracias a Ustedes por ayudarnos a mejorar cada día. Gracias por tanto cariño 😢. Hay personas (ex jugadores del club) que han hablado sin conocimiento de lo que ocurre en la interna y causan daño. Debo decir que siempre me entregué al 100%, hasta el último día, en que le pedí al Mister estar con el equipo, por que quería ser un aporte. Recuerdo hoy, una conversación que tuve con Henry, un histórico de Arsenal, que cambió de club, por la misma razón que hoy me toca a mi. Gracias por todo Gunners ! I want to say thanks to the Technical Staff, to the medical team and all teammates with whom I shared many nice things for the club and especially those people who do not see themselves on the covers, but without them nothing would be possible, which are there to prepare food for us and take care of us day by day, those who keep our shoes clean and the grass in the best conditions. Many thanks to you for helping us to improve every day. Thank you very much 😢. There are people (former club players) who have spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage. I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day, when I asked to the Mister to be in the team, because I wanted to be a contribution. I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn. Thanks for everything Gunners! All we achieved and the good moments that I gave to the club, I want to dedicate it to the fans, they are the most important. Thanks for every time you sing Alexis Sanchez Baby
In the post, Sanchez wrote: "I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn."
However, Henry has claimed he never told Sanchez to leave, tweeting: "I know I don’t need to explain this to the majority of Arsenal fans but contrary to speculation at no time did I tell Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal.
"I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you."
I know I don’t need to explain this to the majority of Arsenal fans but contrary to speculation at no time did I tell Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal. I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you.— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) January 23, 2018
The 40-year-old's stance has been reaffirmed by Sanchez, who stated it was a "personal decision" to leave.
Sanchez's move to United has been one of the most followed stories of the January transfer window, with Manchester City previously favourites to sign the former Udinese attacker after a summer of uncertainty before the Red Devils moved ahead.
I want to clarify that Henry never told me to leave the club, it was a personal decision ... he LOVES the club and someday it would be nice to see him as the arsenal coach because he loves the club ...— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) January 24, 2018
Sanchez scored 80 goals in 165 appearances for the Gunners, winning the FA Cup twice as well as a Community Shield but his future was left in the balance when Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League last season.
Mkhitaryan has moved to the Emirates after an unsuccessful spell in Manchester, failing to convince Jose Mourinho of his pedigree and struggling for appearances in recent weeks.