The returning hero Thierry Henry was the subject of adulation and hero worship after scoring the winner on his latest Arsenal debut against Leeds last Monday, but he saw red after seeing the other side of the coin when the Gunners got beat at Swansea.
He admits he over-reacted when he heard the abuse being aimed at Arsenal players from their own fans, and has decided to make a public apology and to try and explain his reaction.
Henry said: “I was really shocked and disappointed on Sunday – and not just at the result.
“After the final whistle of a very tricky game, I insisted the whole team go and applaud the Arsenal supporters.
“When I arrived in front of our own fans, I couldn’t understand the abuse the team were getting from one of them.
“I wanted to tell the fan in question that we need their support not abuse. The sentiment was right but in hindsight could have been better expressed.
“So I would like to first and foremost apologise for using inappropriate language to that particular ‘supporter’.
“I didn’t intend to be malicious or threatening and am aware that it could have been said in a calmer manner.
“We have had great moments at this club but we are all in this together. We need your support in the good times but more importantly the bad.
“Let’s get behind the team against Manchester United on Sunday and try to get three points to get the season back on track.”
I am sure Henry didn’t often get booed in his previous stint at the club, so I can understand why he could have been shocked, but how often did the old Arsenal team lose to newly-promoted sides?
Did you see Henry’s face when Mertesacker had the ball two yards outside the Swansea goal and watched him shoot wide. He was just as frustrated as the fans…