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Henry pays heartfelt thanks to ‘father figure’ Wenger

Soon to be departed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger took charge of his last home game as Gunners boss at the weekend when his side defeated Burnley 5-0 at the Emirates.

The 68-year-old Frenchman will call time on his 22 year reign as coach of the North London club at the end of this season.

Wenger won four Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cups during his time as Arsenal manager, and arguably the best player he ever managed Thierry Henry has paid an emotional tribute to his former boss.

“He was there from 7.30am until 6 or 7 at night, watching games and loving the club. It’s going to be difficult for someone doing something for so long with the club he loves to just leave,” Henry told Sky Sports.

“It’s not an easy thing to just call a day. He loves to be on the grass, smelling grass, he has a vision and he’s a visionary. He always thinks his team can achieve things and thinks his team can achieve what he wants.

“Whether you agree or disagree, he goes to that extent to believe that. We met the expectations in our generation and a bit before.

“At times, he had that belief in that team which unfortunately didn’t meet the expectation in the league. I can only say one thing about him, and that’s thank you.

“The man he was for me. He was a father figure, he helped me to become a better player, unlocked stuff in my brain that was sometimes stopping myself, things that are obvious but at 22 you’re trying to find out the player you can be.”

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