Henry in rage at Arsenal fan: Hero turns villain after Swansea stun Gunners in thriller
Thierry Henry was involved in an angry confrontation with a fan after Arsenal’s shock defeat at Swansea on Sunday.
The Frenchman appeared to invite one of his own supporters down on to the field in an aggressive manner after the Gunners were out-passed and outwitted as Swansea came from behind to win a pulsating clash 3-2.
Henry, who came on as a 63rd-minute substitute and gave the ball away in the build-up to Swansea’s winner, was enraged by a comment from the away end.
Clash: Thierry Henry appeared to angrily invite a fan down on to the pitch
The on-loan Arsenal legend, who completed a fairytale return to the club with a late winner against Leeds in the FA Cup last week, was leading his team in applauding the Arsenal support when one fan is understood to have vented his fury at the players.
A club spokesperson confirmed that Henry had said: ‘No matter what, you should support the team.’
Television footage, however, appears to show Henry angrily gesticulating and aggressively shouting towards the terraces.
Unhappy: Arsene Wenger, in a fetching pair of trainers, hit out at the referee
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unhappy with his side’s performance but reserved his most stinging criticism for referee Michael Oliver and Nathan Dyer, who he accused of diving.
Wenger, incensed that Oliver awarded a penalty for Aaron Ramsey’s first-half challenge on Dyer, said: ‘The game was difficult because Swansea played well and also it was decided by some strange decisions.
Paying the penalty: Nathan Dyer was criticised for the manner in which he won a penalty to pull Swansea level at the Liberty Stadium
‘One was by the referee, who gave a
penalty that was a complete imagination and a good dive. Well done to
the player who did it. But our defensive performance was not good enough
and that is why we lost the game.’
Dyer’s man-of-the-match performance could not have come at a better time, with England manager Fabio Capello at the Liberty Stadium for the first time.
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers spoke last week about Dyer’s chances of an international call-up, along with goalscoring team-mates Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair.
Star man: Dyer, though, went on to turn in a man of the match performance
Rodgers said: ‘I am sure Fabio Capello would have been surprised at the level the players played their game. The front three were a massive threat. Nathan was brought down for the penalty and scored a wonderful goal and Danny with a wonderful finish.
‘It’s given him something to think about, I’m sure. The advantage my players have is that they play a style of football that if they went to international football it would be no surprise for them.’