Arsenal fans split over Thierry Henry’s meeting with Eddie Howe before Bournemouth loss

ARSENAL fans don't know whether to condemn or cheer Thierry Henry for giving Bournemouth's players a pep talk.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe revealed the Gunners legend gave his team tips on how to remain successful before their 2-1 win yesterday.

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Frenchman Henry, 40, was commissioned to speak to compatriot Lys Mousset on behalf of the French Football Federation but ended up sharing his secrets with the rest of the squad.

Howe said: "We got Thierry in to talk to the players as we do from time to time with various people, not just footballers.

"Thierry was excellent, he spoke at length to the players about his career and how he was so successful. It was a really beneficial talk.

"It was a combination of a lot of things, definitely the mental side, his mental strength and his desire to be the best.

"There were a lot of things in there and if it is just one thing a player finds inspiring then it is beneficial.

"It was interesting to see how the players reacted to what he said and hopefully they took something away, not just for now but for the future."

Bournemouth DID take away three points from the clash against Arsenal on Sunday.

And Gunners supporters are torn over whether or not the loss was a blessing in disguise.

For defeat means there is more chance Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger quits the club.

But many fans feel betrayed by their former talisman.

One supporter even called for his statue outside the Emirates to be removed.

Wenger signed Henry for Arsenal from Juventus in 1999 and the striker went on to become the club's all-time top scorer with 228 goals in eight years.

While Henry won the league twice in that time, Wenger is yet to deliver another Prem title.

The French boss, 68, was under severe pressure to quit last season but signed a new two-year deal in May.

Henry insists he has "maximum respect" for his former manager but claimed Wenger must once again win the league to win over his critics.

He said: "As an Arsenal fan, and as a guy who had Arsene as a coach and have maximum respect for him, I'm happy to see him at the club. But time will tell (if the decision is correct).

"They finished the season strong, although they have done that before. Raising yourself for the FA Cup final, to beat one team on one day is one thing. To do it over 38 games is a different story.

"Everyone is waiting for the title; the club, the players, the fans and Arsene himself.

"That's what I want to see because raising your game for one day is one thing, but everybody is waiting for that to be done over 38 games."'s%20meeting%20with%20Howe%20before%20Bournemouth%20loss” target=”_blank” title=”Click to share on Twitter

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