Thierry Henry accused of wearing fake Arsenal shirt to north London derby

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Despite Arsenal’s impressive triumph over Tottenham Hotspur, it is the attire of a club legend that has stolen the headlines. The Gunners won the North London Derby 3-1 thanks to goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka.

Arsenal fans were overwhelmed on Sunday afternoon as they looked up to the terraces of the Emirates Stadium and saw club legend Thierry Henry watching their crucial game.

The Frenchman was sat with Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, who is thought to have tabled a bid to take over at the Emirates Stadium.

However, it was not Ek’s presence at the game which has caught people’s attention, instead, it is Henry’s attire.

The Belgium assistant manager was donning a magnificent Arsenal shirt from their 1992/93 and 1993/94 seasons.

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However, the lovely red strip is rumoured to be fake and it has sent football shirt collectors into a frenzy.

The shirt (shown below) is missing the Adidas logo on the bottom of the neck, above the badge, leaving a vacant white space that even a kit manufacturer of that time would leave empty.

Though it could be a naff fake picked up for a few pounds on the internet, it is more likely that Henry purchased the shirt from Arsenal’s official club shirt, which sell the Adidas-less replica.

But, The Telegraph has suggested that the 44-year-old may have actually been wearing an official shirt but shown his loyalties to his sponsors Nike and Puma by peeling off the Adidas logo.


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Official shirts from that time cost significantly more than the Gunners’ club shirt, which costs £40. One can be seen going online for £999.

If Henry did wear a fake shirt to the match then it certainly won’t bother his adoring fans, especially if he used the opportunity to push Ek to continue his pursuit of owning Arsenal FC.

The lifelong fan is estimated to be worth $3.9bn (£2.9bn) so would certainly have the funds required to give manager Mikel Arteta all the backing he needs to rebuild the Gunners into the club that they once were.

Henry is not the only former player who is supporting Ek’s bid to take over as owner of the north London side, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp are also in favour o in the club changing hands.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Henry, who spent eight years at the Emirates and became the club’s all-time top scorer, revealed that the Kroenke’s (current owners) haven’t responded to Ek’s bid.

The two-time Premier League winner said: “To be able to get there, you need to have someone respond on the other side, it hasn’t happened yet, but we and he is here to stay.

“So, let’s see what’s going to happen. But for the moment, we enjoyed the win yesterday.

“There’s no dialogue at the moment and I feel it’s going to be a long process. I said this the last time I was on the show [in May]. How long it’s going to be, I don’t actually know.

“But we are here to stay.”

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