Thierry Henry & Alexis Sanchez react to speculations that the Arsenal legend advised the Chilean to depart the club

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry has denied he told Alexis Sanchez to leave the Gunners and join rival Manchester United.

Sanchez, who joined United on Monday in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, had said he had spoken to the Frenchman.

 “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 on Instagram.

Henry, who left for Barcelona in 2007, responded on Tuesday: “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.”

Responding to criticism, the Gunners’ record goalscorer added in a tweet: “I had no idea he was going to sign for Man Utd until I saw it on the news like the rest of you.”

Henry, 40, moved to the Nou Camp after eight seasons at Arsenal for £16.1m and went on to win two La Liga titles and the Champions League at the Catalan club.

Also the Chile forward, who signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at United worth £14m a year after tax, has confirmed that Thierry Henry did not advise him to leave Arsenal and join Manchester United.

Sanchez, 29, on Wednesday wrote on Twitter:

“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.”

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