'Thierry Henry Never Told Me to Leave': Alexis Sanchez Backtracks On Arsenal Departure Comments

Alexis Sanchez has denied he ever claimed Thierry Henry advised him to leave Arsenal for Manchester United in the pursuit of silverware.

Sanchez completed his sensational transfer from the Emirates Stadium to Arsenal rivals Manchester United on Monday (January 22), with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.

In a statement on Twitter, Sanchez appeared to suggest that Henry, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007, had recommended he leave the Emirates and move to Old Trafford.

"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," Sanchez wrote as part of his goodbye message.

The statement caused anger from some quarters at Arsenal, with the suggestion that Henry had pushed Sanchez, the club's best player, to leave for a rival team. Henry, who won two Premier League titles with Arsenal, left the club for Barcelona where he won two La Liga titles.

Thierry Henry
Thierry Henry at the Stade Louis II in Monaco, May 3, 2017. Henry left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007. Julian Finney/Getty

But the Frenchman, who now works as a pundit and coach for the Belgium national team, took to Twitter on Tuesday night to deny the claims.

"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," he said. "I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you."

Less than 12 hours later, Sanchez supported Henry's tweet and said he wanted the former striker to return to Arsenal at some point. "Henry never told me to leave the club, it was a personal decision," he wrote on Twitter.

"He LOVES the club and someday it would be nice to see him as the Arsenal coach because he loves the club."

Sanchez is now waiting to make his debut for Manchester United, which may come on Friday in the FA Cup fourth round away to Yeovil Town.