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Monday 22 May 2017

Thierry Henry has a little dig at himself over infamous handball against Ireland

Harry Clarke

Thierry Henry has recalled a pivotal FA Cup moment when Arsenal were denied a clear-cut penalty against Liverpool in the 2001 final - and the Frenchman also has a cheeky dig at himself over THAT incident against Ireland in 2009.

In his column in the Sun, Henry talks about the successes he enjoyed with the Gunners but also pinpoints 2001 as the most frustrating when Liverpool came from a goal down to win the Cup at the Millennium Stadium thanks to two late Michael Owen goals.

A key moment in that game came in the 17th minute when Henry rounded Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld before his shot was pushed wide via the arm of Stephane Henchoz. No penalty, not even a corner.

"When I went around Stander Westerveld and shot and Stephane Henchoz handled it on the line...how was that not a penalty?" writes Henry in the Sun.

"Not only did the ref not give a penalty, he gave a goal kick! I went ballistic! I said: 'OK, no goal but at least give us a corner!

"We were so disappointed. I don't remember a group of players being that down. Fair play to Liverpool. But that hurt!"

No need to tell us it hurts, Thierry. We know exactly how it feels to be undone by such a ridiculous decision.

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