Thierry Henry reveals he left Arsenal because of Arsene Wenger's uncertain future

Thierry Henry has admitted that he cried when he left Arsenal - with uncertainty over Arsene Wenger's future behind his decision to move.

Henry, third in the Premier League's all-time scoring record, left the Gunners for Barcelona in 2007 in a £16million transfer amid uncertainty of Arsene Wenger's future as manager.

The Gunners legend Henry says that he never wanted to leave the club and found it tough moving to Spain.

And due to the strength in depth of the Catalan side's attack, he started as the fourth-choice striker under Pep Guardiola at the Nou Camp.

He told beIN Sports: "I never considered leaving Arsenal. But I was 29-years-old and in-form, I thought all the guys left and I did not know if Arsene [Wenger] would be staying.

"It was not easy and when I left I cried. I'm not ashamed to say it. I'm a competitor and I had to leave.

"When I arrived at Barcelona, Guardiola told me that I was the fourth-choice striker and I would not be starter.

"I accepted the challenge and I fought, and competition makes you increase your level. People talk about luck, but you need to create you own. When you work, you got the reward at the end."

Henry was back at the Emirates watching the Gunners' 5-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday evening. He sat alongside former team-mate Robert Pires in the stands.

He made his Sky Sports punditry debut during Arsenal's 2-0 win over Manchester City in January.

The 37-year-old joined Sky Sports after announcing his retirement from football at the beginning of 2015. It is rumoured that he has signed a contract worth £4million-a-year, making him the world's highest-paid pundit.

But he might turn to management in the future, after starting his UEFA B coaching badge in Wales.

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