Keown reveals shock Chelsea bid for Arsenal legend, explains how Thierry Henry reacted

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Arsenal hero Martin Keown has been discussing how Chelsea tried to sign Thierry Henry from Arsenal.

Martin Keown has revealed that Chelsea attempted to sign Thierry Henry from Arsenal, in his Mail Online column.

The former Arsenal centre-back explained that a bid was made, which the Gunners rejected out of hand, and how Thierry Henry himself felt about it.

He also added that, in context to PSG's present hero David Luiz, he may have hoped that last summer Chelsea had shown him the same commitment and blocked the approach for his services.

Keown said: "When Roman Abramovich first took over at Chelsea, he offered a lot of money for Thierry Henry, but Arsenal refused and Henry was flattered by it. I think Luiz would have been half-hoping for that same reaction from Chelsea."

At the time Abramovich took over in 2003, Henry was about to embark on the best season of his career. As well as helping Arsenal to win the Premier League with an unbeaten record, he scored 39 goals in 51 games.

Arsenal's decision to hold onto him rather than cash in may be the best choice they ever made.

Chelsea did embark on a spending spree in Abramovich's first season, but the most expensive player was Damien Duff at £17 million. It's likely than an offer of even double that would not have made Arsenal flinch regarding selling to a rival, of their star player who was at the peak of his powers.

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