Arsene Wenger has suggested club legend Thierry Henry has become detached from the Arsenal fans.
Henry, 38, who coaches the club’s youngsters, has taken a swipe at Arsenal after losing to Swansea in midweek and accused them of using injuries as an excuse for their derailed title challenge.
But Wenger hit back in his Friday press conference, ahead of the Saturday lunchtime’s north London derby against Tottenham, and claimed Henry does not know the real feelings of the Arsenal fans.
“Henry hasn’t found the measurement of the fans anger – he sits in the best seats in the stadium,” said Wenger.
Sky Sports pundit Henry, who scored 228 goals for Arsenal during two stints, has been critical of the club’s recent form.
“I have never heard the Arsenal supporters as angry as they were at the Emirates on Wednesday night when their team lost at home to Swansea,” Henry wrote in The Sun.
“They were less patient than I have ever known, booed one of the manager’s substitutions and groaned every time a pass went astray or a tackle was lost.
“The stick that Arsene Wenger has been getting is not personal. People judge what they are seeing, although some maybe go too far in the way they express their unhappiness.
“But there is no smoke without fire and those flames were not started in the stands. They were lit on the pitch by the performance of the players.”