Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has said he does not recognise his old club after the Gunners’ involvement in the European Super League debacle.
The Gunners were one of six Premier League clubs to initially sign up to become founding members of the planned new league, joining with Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.
They were joined by Spanish trio Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Italian clubs AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus all initially signing up for the planned Super League.
However, just 48 hours after the announcement was made over the proposed new league, clubs were confirming their intention to withdraw from the process, with all six English clubs doing so on Tuesday night.
But that has not stopped fans from making their feelings clear, with Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke coming in for plenty of criticism and supporters protesting outside the Emirates Stadium on Friday night ahead of the game with Everton, calling for him to sell the club.
Former Arsenal players Ian Wright and Martin Keown have been among those voicing their support for the protests, with Wright taking to social media to tweet the message #KroenkeOut.
And now, Henry has spoken about his shock and disappointment in the actions of Arsenal, and what has happened this week in football.
“I do not recognise my club and what happened just now, with them trying to join a league that would have been closed, makes no sense to me,” Henry told the Telegraph.
“They have been running the club like a company, not a football club, and they showed their hand.
“Maybe it’s a lack of understanding of the core football values and maybe the money was too big of a temptation. But whatever it was, they got it wrong. Badly wrong.
“I was genuinely shocked like most people and couldn’t believe what was unfolding.
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“I have never talked before, but what happened recently made me realise fans, this is your club. It is your club and I’m an Arsenal fan too.
“I’m proud of what the fans achieved. Not just Arsenal fans, all the fans. The result was a victory for football.”
His comments come as Josh Kroenke, the son of Stan, spoke to supporters at an Arsenal fans’ forum event this week, apologising for the situation regarding the European Super League, but confirming that there is no intention to sell the club.