Thierry Henry has revealed he cried upon making the emotional decision to leave Arsenal, also commenting on Arsene Wenger's unwitting role in his departure.
The Frenchman left the club in 2007, returning briefly in 2012 on loan, and was speaking last night on French television channel BeIN Sports, his interview translated by GFN France.
Henry offers a number of reasons for his decision to leave Arsenal, citing the break-up of the 2003/04 unbeaten 'Invincibles' team, and his desire for a new challenge.
He also suggests that his concerns over Arsene Wenger's future as manager played a part, in his mind at least.
“You need to know that the team that was invincible had all left. I was 29, I didn’t think about leaving Arsenal. I was thinking with my level I only have 4/5 years left at top European level.
"At the time I didn’t know if Arsène was staying. It wasn’t easy. When I left Arsenal I cried. I didn’t want to leave, but my competitive edge meant that I had to leave. To enter into the history of Barcelona is difficult, but we did it as a team. We won all six cups."
By time Henry's final season came around however, there was a feeling he had begun to outgrow the club in that he was still performing near his peak, yet the Gunners were not challenging Chelsea or Manchester United strongly for medals.
Had he really wanted to stay, he could quite easily have spoken to his manager for assurances over his plans.
Henry's choice of club may have been immaculate, but Wenger still remains in post as Arsenal manager eight years on, and has a contract for a further two years.
The now retired striker even features in the top 10 replacements for Wenger according to SkyBet, for when the manager does finally call in quits.