Earlier this week, Mathieu Flamini hit the headlines when he was quoted as comparing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez to club legend Thierry Henry.
‘From what we have seen so far of him, he is right up there [with Henry and Van Persie]’, The Mirror quoted the Frenchman as saying (click here to read more). ‘He is proving it in every game he plays, not just with his goals but the way he works for the team’.
The comparisons just did not seem right at the time. After all, Sanchez has not even been at Arsenal for six months, while Henry is one of the greatest players of all time.
Flamini has now made it clear that he was misquoted in the media, and has explained why comparisons between Henry and Sanchez do not make sense.
‘That’s not true at all’, the 30-year-old Frenchman told Arsenal’s official website. ‘Alexis is a top quality player and is proving that in every game he plays with us, but he only arrived a couple of months ago.
‘Alexis and Thierry don’t play in the same role either, so I would never compare Alexis with another legend in this club. I didn’t make any comparison. Alexis is a top player, but we must remember Thierry is a legend at this club.
‘He played for Arsenal for many seasons and he did so much for this club, he won so much for this club, so you can’t make this comparison, especially not today’.