Granit Xhaka snaps at Thierry Henry question two years after rift with Arsenal icon

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka refused to entertain a question involving club legend Thierry Henry when quizzed on the new documentary series, All or Nothing: Arsenal. The pair were embroiled in controversy back in 2020 when Patrice Evra claimed that Henry switched the TV off due to seeing Xhaka lead out the Gunners as captain. 

Xhaka has been through his fair share of ups and downs while wearing the red and white of Arsenal. Harmony has been restored in his relationship with fans, but back in 2020 emotions were still raw after being stripped of the captaincy for his reaction to being booed off the pitch against Crystal Palace. 

While things have been running smoothly of late, a tendency to unnecessarily fly into a tackle or pick up a needless red card has occasionally come back to haunt Xhaka’s Arsenal career and former United star Evra claimed, two years ago, that Henry had seen enough. 

“Thierry Henry, one day he invited me to his house to watch Arsenal,” Evra told Sky Sports. “He turned on the TV, the first image he saw on the screen was Xhaka leading Arsenal.

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“There have been comments made by Evra, Henry… they make them as ex-players, sometimes about the performance of a particular player, and they kind of invite that wave of social media criticism,” he said.

“I think some pundits might actually be provoking that criticism. It’s something you never see in Switzerland or Germany, that just doesn’t happen. It seems to be rather unique to the United Kingdom.”

“There have been comments made by Evra, Henry… they make them as ex-players, sometimes about the performance of a particular player, and they kind of invite that wave of social media criticism,” he said.

“I think some pundits might actually be provoking that criticism. It’s something you never see in Switzerland or Germany, that just doesn’t happen. It seems to be rather unique to the United Kingdom.”



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