Friday 23 February 2018

Thierry Henry's view on Alexis Sanchez's handball goal drew a strong reaction from football fans

Aaron Gallagher

Sometimes you just need to know when to pick your battles and when to keep your hands where everyone can see them.

Thierry Henry has received spiky criticism on social media after voicing his opinion that Alexis Sanchez’s alleged handball was not so, and that his goal was entirely legitimate this afternoon against Hull City.

The ball struck the outstretched arm of the Arsenal striker before crossing the line past Tiger’s goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic to give Arsene Wenger’s side a 1-0 lead heading into half-time.

But former Gunner’s icon Henry was on the backend of criticism when he was asked to give his view on the incident on Sky Sports, with his own handball in Ireland’s World Cup qualifier in Paris eight years ago still a touchy subject with many supporters.

Henry guided the ball from exiting play at the Stade de France in November 2009 before crossing to William Gallas who headed France into the tournament in South Africa in 2010.

Henry said Sanchez’s goal was perfectly legal, with the irony not lost on Sky’s presenter.

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